Network Distributing has completed a major new film about the work of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson titled Filmed In Supermarionation. If that title means nothing to you then dig out those box sets of Thunderbirds and watch those lovely opening titles again. Supermarionation was utilised in all their programmes throughout the 1960s including Stingray, Captain Scarlet and, of course, Thunderbirds. Network are assuring us that this will be "the definitive documentary" about the culturally iconic puppetry and animation technique developed by Gerry and Sylvia.
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.
As serious fans of the Andersons' work, we hope to have more information on the film closer to its release date.
In the mean time Network have provided a clip from the film to whet your appetite.