Definitive documentary on the work of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.

April 3, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More

Network Distributing has completed a new film about the work of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, ‘Filmed In Supermarionation’. The documentary about the culturally iconic puppetry and animation technique developed by Gerry and Sylvia, Supermarionation was utilised in all their programmes throughout the 1960s including Stingray, Captain Scarlet and, most famously, Thunderbirds.

Definitive documentary on the work of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.

Definitive documentary on the work of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.

Directed and produced by Stephen La Rivière (‘The Story Of Upstairs Downstairs’, ‘We Were ‘The Champions’), ‘Filmed In Supermarionation’ is a screen adaptation of his book of the same name telling the story of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s TV productions using a wealth of previously unseen archive footage, new interviews with those involved, and clips from the shows themselves.

Filmed in Supermarionation will be released Autumn 2014.

Tim Beddows, MD at Network Distributing, said: “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 60s 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 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.”

Network also holds the UK home entertainment rights to Four Feather Falls, Supercar, Fireball XL5 and The Secret Service, all classic examples of the developing Supermarionation technique.

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  1. avatar UncleGeoff says:

    I’ve been told we’ll have more information leading up to the release.

    Oh, that reference to The Champions 1960s TV series. If you have the Special Edition of the series then you already own a copy.

    Geoff

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