'Filmed in Supermarionation' Trailer, a Documentary on the Puppeteers Behind 'Thunderbirds'

Filmed in Supermarionation trailer

Stephen La Riviere brings his book looking at the complete history of the Gerry and Sylvia Anderson television productions to life with the documentary of the same name, Filmed in Supermarionation. While the work of the Anderson's may be a little foreign to a lot of us, they were responsible for such television shows as Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, Secret Service, Joe 90 and most prominently Thunderbirds and today the first official trailer for the doc has been revealed ahead of its upcoming BFI premiere on September 30.

La Riviere directs and co-produced the doc, which 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 is said to be the ingenious and accurate recreations of the pioneering techniques used in the productions.

The doc will play as part of the BFI's Sci-Fi Days of Fear and Wonder with Supermarionation kicking things off as well as panel events such as a screening of Primer followed by a Q&A with Shane Carruth. So, yeah, sounds pretty great.

Of course, for many of us the work of "South Park's" Matt Stone and Trey Parker on Team America: World Police is our main association with the work of marionettes, but this doc might even help shed light on how difficult it was to pull off what they did with that film.

Now here's that trailer along with two clips from the doc.

  • http://www.ohbrotherwhereartthougifts.com andyluvsfilms

    Looks goddamn wonderful. I watched Thunderbirds and Stingray as a kid plus had the toys and the annuals. Happy days.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    I caught up with all those shows when they were rerun on UK TV in the 90's....................this looks gloriously entertaining. Just like the shows.

  • http://www.moviebearspodcast.com Movie Bear

    Wow! Can't wait to see this. Watching Stingray is a very vivid memory from my childhood in the 60's.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JoshP./ Josh P.

    Quite interested in this. I have warm memories of renting VHS episodes of Thunderbirds as a kid, so this looks like I'd have a good time with it.