Christine Painter (Julie Walters) is a sexually naive waitress and single-mother who pays for her teenage son’s tuition by renting flats to local tarts. She later becomes a call girl herself – joining her friend Shirley (Shirley Stelfox) and their “maid” Dolly (Danny Schiller) – and specializes in fetish/kink roleplay with older gentlemen. With her new family of friends and admirers, she becomes a huge sensation leading to wealth and infamy in the tabloids. The brothel business also brings out Christine’s self-confidence, and leads to repairing a previously strained relationship with her father.
Personal Services is a 1987 British comedy film directed by Terry Jones and written by David Leland. It is the story of the rise of a madam of a suburban brothel which caters to older men. The story is inspired by the real experiences of Cynthia Payne, the legendary “House of Cyn” madam.
Personal Services (1987)
Directed by: Terry Jones
Starring: Julie Walters, Alec McCowen, Shirley Stelfox, Danny Schiller, Tim Woodward, Victoria Hardcastle, Beverley Foster, Ewan Hooper, Anthony Carrick
Screenplay by: David Leland
Production Design by: Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski
Cinematography by: Roger Deakins
Film Editing by: George Akers
Costume Design by: Shuna Harwood
Makeup Department: Jenny Shircore, Sancia Simpson
Music by: John Du Prez
Distributed by: Vestron Pictures
Release Date: May 15, 1987