Fanny Hill (1983 film)

Fanny Hill is a 1983 British erotic comedy film directed by Gerry O'Hara and starring Lisa Foster, Oliver Reed, Wilfrid Hyde-White and Shelley Winters. It is adapted from the novel Fanny Hill by John Cleland.[1] It is also known as Sex, Lies and Renaissance.

Fanny Hill
Directed byGerry O'Hara
Produced byHarry Benn
Harry Alan Towers (executive producer)
Written byStephen Chesley
Based onthe novel Fanny Hill or, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure by John Cleland
StarringLisa Foster
Oliver Reed
Shelley Winters
Wilfrid Hyde-White
Music byPaul Hoffert
CinematographyTony Spratling
Edited byPeter Boyle
Brent Walker Film Productions
Theatre Division
F.H. Filmproduction Limited
Playboy Productions (uncredited)
Distributed byMGM/UA Home Entertainment (USA) (VHS)
Release date
Running time
98 min
CountryUnited Kingdom


Poor country lass Fanny Hill sets off for London where she embarks on a series of sexual encounters in pursuit of wealth and happiness.


Critical reception

  • Time Out wrote, "a relatively large budget and some respectable names in the cast list, but this is still limp softcore flummery sold on the half-remembered notoriety of its purported 18th century source...Lawyer Reed and madam Winters, meanwhile, seem as though they have their teeth gritted in the hope that it will all be over soon." [2]
  • Sky Movies wrote, "they should have made the script funnier, got Kenneth Williams and Joan Sims - and retitled it Carry On Fanny..." [3]


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