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.
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
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 »
For anyone who remembers the work of Gerry Anderson (and even if you don't) this is a wonderful documentary. It covers from the earliest work on The Adventures of Twizzle to his real-life series Space 1999, so more than covering just the 'supermarionation' years.
However, he undoubtedly peaked with Thunderbirds and it is fitting that Parker and Lady Penelope host the show. There is a rich vein of tongue-in cheek humour in the documentary, paralleling the humour in Anderson's work.
The best thing to ever have come out of Slough.
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