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Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story (2008)

Documents the rise of Mary Whitehouse during the 1960s, and the relationship between her and Sir Hugh Carleton Greene, the Director General of the BBC.

Director:

Andy De Emmony (as Andy de Emmony)

Writers:

Amanda Coe, Patrick Reams (original idea)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Walters ... Mary Whitehouse
Alun Armstrong ... Ernest Whitehouse
Hugh Bonneville ... Sir Hugh Carleton Greene
Georgie Glen ... Norah Buckland
Timothy Davies Timothy Davies ... Rev. Basil Buckland
Paul Westwood Paul Westwood ... Paul Whitehouse
Drew Webb Drew Webb ... Richard Whitehouse
Jeremy Legat Jeremy Legat ... Christopher Whitehouse
Ron Cook ... Lord Charlie Hill
William Beck ... David Turner
Nicholas Woodeson ... Harman Grisewood
Nicholas Le Prevost ... Ken
Emily Hamilton ... Miss Tate
Hilary Maclean Hilary Maclean ... Brenda
Stewart Wright ... Malcolm
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Storyline

In the early 1960s, Mrs. Mary Whitehouse, a middle-aged school teacher, begins a campaign against what she sees as filth and smut on BBC television and radio. She and a friend start knocking on doors, circulating petitions and organizing rallies. Her nemesis during this time is Sir Hugh Carleton Greene, Director General of the BBC. He thinks she is just an old busybody who has no artistic taste and doesn't represent the mainstream of British society. Throughout his tenure, which lasted several years, he refused to see her or respond to her correspondence. She continued to campaign at what she viewed as unacceptable programming until her death in 2001. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Becstelenség: Mary Whitehouse története See more »

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Production Co:

Wall to Wall Media See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The footage of Doctor Who (1963), seen on a television screen and used to depict the violence of the series, is edited to suggest that the scene takes place at the end of the episode. In fact the scene in question takes place around halfway through Doctor Who: The Tomb of the Cybermen: Episode 4 (1967). This clip is followed by part of the opening sequence, showing the title and Patrick Troughton's face. See more »

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At the meeting in Birmingham Town hall the cameraman is shown setting up a Bolex 16mm silent camera. This was basically for amateurs as it would only take a 100 foot 4 minute reel. Sound could not have been recorded in sync with it. Most newsmen would have been using a Mitchell Arriflex. See more »

Quotes

[Mary Whitehouse has just sent a supposedly obscene script to the Postmaster General who has ordered an episode of Swizzlewick which lampoons her to be pulled mid-way through its broadcast. Sir Hugh is fuming]
Sir Hugh Carleton Greene: Who? Who? I want the traitor flushed out. I want strict controls of all scripts issued to anyone and everyone - anywhere and everywhere. Contrive some memo to that effect.
Miss Tate: Yes, Sir Hugh.
Sir Hugh Carleton Greene: And! And! I am issuing a directive with immediate effect. No-one connected to the Corporation is to ...
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Crazy Credits

Opening titles: "The story you are about to see really took place... only with less swearing and more nudity". See more »

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Walters makes her real rather than just a caricature!
11 October 2008 | by SylSee all my reviews

Mary Whitehouse played by the divine Julie Walters CBE could have been silly, over-reacting, or just a caricature of a woman who fought and won in her own mind. The film is quite a tribute to a woman who caused a lot of trouble in the 1960s regarding television content. Whitehouse is a schoolteacher, mother, and wife to Ernest. They live not in London but in Wolverhampton and she is concerned by the explosion of sexuality on television through the BBC which is national television. She gathers and recruits quite easily mostly housewives who have the same concern. All she wants is some time with the director of the BBC which was Sir Hugh Carleton Greene who is portrayed a chauvinistic boss and unlikely character. Whitehouse has her moments like when she telephones the BBC regarding a sketch spoofing her husband involved in a car accident as crossing the line. There is more to it. Despite all of the hatred and vulgarity in the letters and telephone calls, Whitehouse is persistent in trying to clean up the filth in national television.


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