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An excellent alternative history of British cinema!
on 19 December 2001
From its brilliant eye-catching cover to its multitude of rare photographs and fascinating interviews 'Keeping the British End Up' is the alternative history of British cinema we've been patiently waiting for. Sheridan's superb book delves into the bluer side of film-making, explaining how sex movies took their place in British society from 'Nudist Paradise' in 1958 to later hits like 'Confessions of a Window Cleaner' (1974), 'Come Play with Me' (1977) and 'Emmanuelle in Soho' (1981) as well as tonnes of more obscure titles. Anyone heard of 1973's 'Snow White and the Seven Perverts'? Well. it's here! He documents the highs and lows of the industry and has somehow managed to squeeze engaging interviews out of the usually reluctant stars and directors of the era. I especially liked the comprehensive glossary of starlets at the end of the book. Fiona Richmond, Mary Millington, Suzy Mandel and the stunning Sue Longhurst (who incidentally writes the foreword to the book) are all there. Utterly engrossing and un-put-downable!