This is a movie about manipulation. Historians manipulating "The Past", the media manipulating "The Present", so-called independent individuals being manipulated by their peers. Thatcher (in)famously quipped that there was no such thing as society. She obviously never encountered the upper class types in this movie! Tim Curry, for one, is a revelation. A deb's delight with a seedy undercurrent. You can just imagine him as a backseat groper in a taxi!
Jonathan Pryce is also excellent as an empty shell of a man. A hollow look and dead eyes. A would-be Yuppie who is scorned by the achingly trendy Sloan Rangers he so longs to emulate. In some respects, he reminds me of Charlie Sheen's character in "Wall Street".
A very interesting "lost" movie from the 1980s.