Supermarionation hits big screen!

Thursday, 03 April 2014 14:00 Written by 

Filmed In Supermarionation - the book jumps onto the big screenBack in 2010, we were amazed by the book “Filmed in Supermarionation”. A tightly researched tome, full of exclusive new information and many a correction of long-duplicated errors on the marionette work of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, now we have something none of us were expecting... the movie of the book!

Network Distributing are the backers of the project, which is bidding to be known as “the definitive documentary about the culturally iconic puppetry and animation technique developed by Gerry and Sylvia, Supermarionation”. Considering the previous attempts at doing so, from the likes of the BBC and Channel 5, it’s fair to say this isn’t too much of a stretch! For the uninitiated, Supermarionation was utilised in all their programmes throughout the 1960s including Stingray, Captain Scarlet and The Mysterons and, most famously, Thunderbirds.

The project has been directed and produced by Stephen La Rivière, the author of the original book. His other works for Network over the years include “The Story Of Upstairs Downstairs”, “We Were ‘The Champions’”.

“Filmed in Supermarionation” will be released in the Autumn of 2014. Expectations are for a limited cinema release, followed by a home entertainment release.

Captain Scarlet - one of the stars of Filmed In SupermarionationTim Beddows, Managing Director at Network Distributing, commented: “Having grown up with the series they created, I’m thrilled to present the story of how Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and their team of extraordinary filmmakers brought the most spectacular children's television to audiences around the world. They were genuine pioneers and it's a testament to their skills that, decades on, the shows continue to thrill new generations.”

Director Stephen La Rivière added: “Despite being made in the 1960s, the Supermarionation shows have continually found new audiences. A large part of this is down to the incredible care with which they were made.”

For Stephen, this is a realisation of a dream come true. “For a long time it’s been my hope to make this film and tell the pioneering story of the small team of filmmakers behind these shows; a team that was so desperate to make ‘proper’ grown-up films that they utilised all their ingenuity to push forward the then-limited arts of puppetry and special effects, and in the process inadvertently changed film history.”

Filmed In Supermarionation - Coming soon!The distributors, Network, also hold the UK home entertainment rights to Four Feather Falls, Supercar, Fireball XL5 and The Secret Service, all classic examples of the developing Supermarionation technique. This release cements their place as one of the best curators of British archive television that there has ever been. We really are all on “Stand By For Action”!

 

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