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Part 9: Stefanie Casini in Belly of an Architect

Part 8: Chloe Webb in Belly of an Architect

Part 7: Vivian Wu in The Pillow Book

Part 6: Guusje Van Tilborgh in A Zed and Two Noughts

Part 5: Frances Barber in A Zed and Two Noughts

Part 4: Julia Ormond in The Baby of Macon

Part 3: Toni Collette in 8 1/2 Women

Part 2: Polly Walker in 8 1/2 Women

Part 1: Amanda Plummer in 8 1/2 Women

(Update in blue)

House Red was filmed in 2018 and aired at the British Independent Film Festival in 2019, but not released until this week. I’m not sure of the precise issues that delayed its release.

The version on VUDU is 77 minutes and the festival’s home page says it has a running time of 151 minutes. I asked director Coz Greenop about that and he responded that the festival’s estimate included the Q&A. Make of that what you will, but the opening and closing credits, by my own timing, run 11 minutes, so there is only 66 minutes of storytelling in the VUDU release. That’s a tight cut.

Nudity report:

There is quite a bit of flesh in House Red from Debbie Campbell, a British model/actress also known as Debbie Atter or Debbie C.

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One commenter pointed out that Debbie seemed to be tied up fully naked in the original red-band trailer, including a brief bit of full-frontal nudity.

That may or may not be an illusion created by the extreme darkness of that trailer. I can’t tell, but she might be wearing a thong.

Or she may be totally naked.

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But there is no doubt that the scene has been altered since that R-rated trailer was posted. Here is the final version:

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There was a brief nude scene from Natasha Henstridge, then in her mid 40s, but she’s far from the camera and the only exposure is her rear and some side-boob.

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Clara Paget had plenty of scenes where nudity would have been appropriate. She took a shower and a bath, was undressed in the pool, and was in bed several times with her beau, but she never exposed a thing.

Paget seems to have a strict no-nudity policy. She never exposed anything on Black Sails, for example, even though she played a raunchy pirate in a show otherwise filled with bare flesh. She was in some scenes in that show where her body parts would have been exposed, but the director avoided that with camera angles. The one time Paget’s character did show something on Black Sails, the nudity was performed by a body double.

Bottom line: the closest Lady Paget came to nudity in House Red was a downblouse.

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Elsewhere in the film she did look great in a bikini.

None of the top seven teams looked very impressive.

#1 Georgia scored only 16 against Kentucky, which is a mediocre 3-5 in the SEC.

#2 Ohio State was losing at halftime to Maryland, which is a mediocre 3-5 on the Big Ten.

#3 Michigan needed to stage a furious fourth quarter comeback to win by 2 against Illinois, which is a mediocre 4-4 in the Big Ten.

#4 TCU barely eked out a 29-28 win against Baylor, which is a mediocre 4-4 in the Big 12. To be fair, the practice of barely eking out victories seems to be what TCU does every week. That was their 7th consecutive win by 10 or fewer.

#5 Tennessee got slaughtered, allowing 63 points to South Carolina, which is now a mediocre 4-4 in the SEC.

#6 LSU played a jobber in order to pad their record with an easy win.

#7 USC allowed 45 points, barely escaping with a 48-45 victory.

So Tennessee seems to be totally out of the Final Four picture. If the other six continue to win except when they play each other, then the final four will be:

  • The winner of Michigan vs THE Ohio State next week.
  • The winner of LSU vs Georgia the following week.
  • USC.
  • TCU.

If any of those teams falter badly, Clemson and Oregon still have long-shot odds of sneaking in. Clemson pays off at 20-1 if you bet them to go all the way, while Oregon is up there at 55-1