Filmed In Supermarionation
Nostalgia is go!
Release Date: OUT NOW!
PG | 119 minutes Distributor: Network Director: Stephen La Rivière Cast: Gerry Anderson, Sylvia Anderson, Jamie Anderson
Named after one of the
most evocative phrases in sci- fi TV, this nostalgia- fuelled documentary shows why Gerry Anderson’s groundbreaking puppet series are still loved by millions. Adapting his book of the same name, director Stephen La Rivière rounds up the key players for interviews, trawls the archives and sprinkles in plenty of clips to show how Anderson got from Twizzle to The Secret Service.
Even if you’ve heard the anecdotes before, there’s a sense of fun here that lifts the film above the standard talking heads- plusfootage brew. Lady Penelope, Parker and Brains ( voiced by original actors Sylvia Anderson and David Graham) come out of storage to “present” the doc and help with the exposition, while the production design has a classy, Saul Bass vibe perfectly in keeping with the era. There’s also something special about a recreation of the stunning slow- mo explosions that were a staple of Anderson’s classics.
Told in chronological order, the film does take a while to get going – early shows like Four Feather Falls and Supercar have less appeal than later hits, and there’s also less archive material to back up their stories. A bit more time could also have been devoted to key collaborators like composer Barry Gray and effects genius Derek Meddings. But during the doc’s extended stay in that Stingray/ Thunderbirds/ Captain Scarlet golden run, Anderson fans will be in heaven. Richard Edwards The film is getting a DVD/ Blu- ray release on 20 October, both solo and in a box set featuring key episodes remastered in HD.
The acting was a bit wooden.