Saturday, January 31, 2015

Supermarionation Book Of The Month: Filmed In Supermarionation!

     As a closing post for the month of January I'd like to take a few moments to discuss a great book.  Stephen La Riviere's 2009 book, Filmed In Supermarionation.  Many books have been written on the subject of Gerry Anderson and his classic television productions, but La Riviere's book is the best I've read. It may well be the final word on Supermarionation and the many talented people who brought Anderson's vision to life on the large and small screen.
     La Riviere takes a scholarly and unflinching look at  the behind the scenes world of Century 21 Productions.  This isn't an episode guide or similiar lite tome; it gets to the heart of matters that aren't always cheerful.  Gerry and Sylvia faced their  share of difficulties and frustrations.  It's not an easy read at times.
     If you're interested in the real story behind Thunderbirds, Stingray, and Captain Scarlet; this book is a must have.  Its 200 pages are loaded to the gills with great photos and imagery from the heydays of
Supermarionation.  There's also a fair amount of rare concept illustrations from Derek Meddings and Mike Trim.  I love this book and highly recommend to all Gerry Anderson and Supermarionation fans.
      It should also be noted that la Riviere translated his book into a very successful documentary film in 2014 which I hope to soon see.  In addtion to the film an updated version of this fine book was included with the deluxe release of the Documentary.

Sylvia Anderson and her Fireball XL5 alter ego Venus.

A radio interview with Stephen La Riviere discussing the book

The very cool trailer for the documentary


  1. It is a great book Will. the research that went into it is amazing. I bought the DVD version of it last year and really enjoyed it. I understand that the author is quite young. He must be a very talented guy to have documented things so well that appeared decades before he was born.

  2. I just hope I'll have a chance to see the film in the near future.