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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; Reprint edition (13 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781167087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781167083
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Anecdote packed... hugely entertaining" (Total Film)

"A fascinating story, superbly told. This is film history at its most informative and entertaining" (Film Review)

"Funny, revealing and impossible to put down" (Daily Mail)

"Essential reading" --Empire

"Very Naughty Boys is essential reading above all for readers with an affinity for The Beatles, Monty Python, and HandMade s unique contribution to cinema." --Deep Focus Review

"A startling account of Hand Made Films." --The Independent

"Robert Sellers does a fantastic job of delivering the details in a fun-to-read manner. The Handmade films saga must be read to be believed, and this is a must read for any Pythons fan." --Pretty Clever Film

"Robert Sellers does a fantastic job of delivering the details in a fun-to-read manner. The Handmade films saga must be read to be believed, and this is a must read for any Pythons fan." --Pretty Clever Film

"This is a great read for film buffs and fans of British cinema." --Retrenders

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Robert Sellers is the author of several books, including Hellraisers, What Fresh Lunacy is This, the Authorized Biography of Oliver Reed and a biography of Harrison Ford.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Dec. 2004
Format: Paperback
In April of last year, British journalist and author Robert Sellers published Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, the fascinating and thorough inside story of Handmade Films. Handmade Films is known to Python fans for having
been founded by Beatle George Harrison for the sole purpose of financing Monty Python's Life of Brian so that George could watch it. Handmade Films also later went on to produce Monty Python at the Hollywood Bowl, Time Bandits, Nuns
on the Run, and many other famous British films. To mark the recent release of the paperback version of the book, retitled 'Very Naughty Boys,' Robert Sellers himself agreed to tell the story of how and why he wrote the book...
So why did I write a book about HandMade Films? Partly because nobody had done it before. It amazed me that here was arguably Britain's most successful film company of the 1980s, headed by an ex-Beatle in George Harrison and Britain's greatest comedy team in Monty Python, and yet no one had tackled the
subject. And what a subject! I'd always been a fan of the Pythons and HandMade's movies, especially the early ones like Life of Brian, Time Bandits, A Private Function and Bullshot,
but it was the emergence of a much darker tale that convinced me of the project's worth. I wrote very early on to Bruce Robinson, creator of Withnail and I, asking for an interview, and received a letter stating that he found HandMade to be a disreputable company and wanted nothing more to do with them. He was still probably pissed off that he never got any royalties from Withnail, despite it making millions over the years. So that pricked my interest right away.
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An account of Handmade Films from Life of Brian to Nuns on the Run. A thorough and absorbing account, much based on old interviews with some unfortunate omissions. The chapters on the films are rather more absorbing than those of company politics and the choice of photographs is disappointing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Book Wallah on 3 April 2008
Format: Paperback
A thoroughly entertaining, gossipy jaunt through the short life and sad death of Britain's most unusual film company.

Sellers manages to convince the reader that Handmade was a unique establishment and concentrates on the two figures at the top. George Harrison is drawn as a saintly, magnaminous but otherworldly character and Denis O'Brien is the evil villain. And what a villain he is: paranoid and petty, profligate and penny-pinching - all the ingredients of a fascinating rogue. Unfortunately, for all the people mentioned in the book, he exists...

Complete with some marvellously naughty quotes (especially from Richard Griffiths!) this account pulls no punches and delivers a witty eulogy to a much missed company.
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