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The definitive documentary about the iconic puppetry technique developed by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, Supermarionation was used in all their programmes throughout the 1960s including Stingray, Captain Scarlet and Thunderbirds.

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Directed and co-produced by Stephen La Riviere and hosted by Lady Penelope and Parker themselves, 'Filmed in Supermarionation' is a screen adaptation of his book of the same name and features a wealth of previously unseen archive footage, brand new interviews with the surviving casts and crews and clips from the shows themselves. A highlight of the film are ingenious and accurate recreations of the pioneering techniques used in the productions. Written by Anonymous

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Delightful. insightful, revelatory and very entertaining.
5 October 2014 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I viewed this film at its premiere at the British Film Institute at the Southbank, in London.

When it was announced that the film would be two hours long my heart sort of slumped as even in a James Bond film with all the action and effects entailed, you lose enthusiasm after about 75 minutes even if Bond is going to save the world. You just want the film to end and go home! Not so with Filmed in Supermarionation. It was two hours of pure joy! The amount of laughs raised was fantastic and one scene from The Secret Service nearly brought the auditorium down with laughter. There is plenty of humour in this film.

There were many delightful revelations about the Anderson productions that I did not know and one thing that really struck me was the wonderful dry humour of Gerry Anderson.

It was wonderful to see the people behind the productions of these iconic Supermarionation classics being interviewed and especially Sylvia Anderson, Lady Penelope herself - an amazing woman.

So, marks out ten? I would love to give it a ten but I can't! I'd rather give it a twelve, instead! Definitely see this film at the selected cinemas or buy the DVD. You will be entertained, enthralled and most of all be amazed how an unglamorous setting in Slough with cramped conditions brought about the most amazing shows for children's television. It is now nearly 50 years since Thunderbirds was shown and this film in tribute to it and the other classic Anderson puppet films was made so perfectly.

Lady Penelope and Parker narrate this film and they are a wonderful double act and haven't changed at all!


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