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Filmed in Supermarionation (2014)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvia Anderson ...
Herself - Interviewee / Lady Penelope
Arthur Provis ...
Himself - Interviewee
Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)
David Elliott ...
Himself - Interviewee
Mary Turner ...
Herself - interviewee
Roger Woodburn ...
Himself - Interviewee
Jamie Anderson ...
Himself - interviewee
Desmond Saunders ...
Himself - Interviewee
Judith Shutt ...
Herself - interviewee
Denise Bryer ...
Herself - Interviewee
Nicholas Parsons ...
Himself - Interviewee
Alan Pattillo ...
Himself - interviewee
Hugh Woodhouse ...
Himself - interviewee (archive footage)
Keith Wilson ...
Himself - interviewee (archive footage)
Elizabeth Morgan ...
Herself - Interviewee


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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September 2014 (UK)  »

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Did You Know?


In 2015, the works of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson continued to be recognised by the Cult TV Awards, with Steve Zodiac from Fireball XL5 added to the Hall of Fame for 'Animated Character', actress Wanda Ventham, one of the female leads in UFO, added to the Actress Hall of Fame, and the documentary "Filmed in Supermarionation" was hailed as the 'Blu-ray/DVD Presentation of the Year'. See more »


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A wonderful documentary for any fan
19 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a great documentary showing the work of the talented people at AP films. It covers just about all the series the teams created from twizzle, supercar, and Thunderbirds. I Bought this on Blu-ray for a chance to see behind the camera at the various ways the episodes, models and effects were produced. It doesn't disappoint and goes into quite a bit of detail in most aspects of production. A surprise for me was four feathers fall which I was unaware of, it looks great but being black and white didn't get the repeats it probably deserved. Overall its a great story of a wonderful time in TV production and will probably leave a tear in the eye of most fans. With Thunderbirds getting a CGI reboot in 2015, all I can think is long live supermarionation.

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