Respect for Mary

Respectable – The Mary Millington Story was released in London’s West End on 7 April 2016, the same day we unveiled an official blue plaque to celebrate her life. Respectable has been available on Netflix in the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand since 8 April 2016, and now has a DVD release, complete with a host of special features. I am so incredibly proud that the film has reached such a huge audience worldwide.

Mary Millington Respectable Reviews

Predictably, of course, not everybody is going to like Respectable, but I’m extremely flattered, and gratified, by so many fantastic reviews, and an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the documentary. It’s my first film, and I worked incredibly hard to make it the best, most accurate, tribute as I possibly could. For me, personally, the fact that Mary’s family and friends unanimously loved the film is reward enough.

Mary lives on. She will never be forgotten.

Thanks for all your support.

All words and image strictly © Simon Sheridan 2016

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Mary by the Seaside!

On Saturday 28 May 2016, Mary Millington comes to the seaside, when Respectable is the headline film at the Southend-on-Sea Film Festival. The documentary will be showing as part of a double bill with 1977’s Come Play with Me at the Palace Hotel Ballroom. Tickets are available now from the Southend Film Festival website.

MM Southend on Sea

Image © Simon Sheridan & Baker Street Ventures 2016

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Respectable is out on DVD!

Mary Millington DVD

Respectable – The Mary Millington Story is now available to buy on DVD in Great Britain. As well as the full, uncut feature-length documentary, the disc contains the following ‘special features’, all totally exclusive to this release:

*Audio commentary by Simon Sheridan

*Respectable teaser trailer

*Original 1977 Come Play with Me trailer

*Confessions from the David Sullivan Affair featurette

*Sex Talk with Ed Tudor-Pole featurette

*Keep it Up, Sue Longhurst featurette

*Party Pieces 1974 short Mary Millington film.

Thanks to the wonderful Simply Media, and editor Alex Shand, for working with me on this DVD project. Thanks also to David Sullivan, Sue Longhurst and Ed Tudor-Pole. It’s been enormous fun putting it all together. Respectable – The Mary Millington Story can be purchased now from Amazon.

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Mary Comes to Gloucester

During her extensive nationwide travelogues for David Sullivan’s stable of men’s magazines, Mary Millington barely ventured into the West Country. Mary was photographed in my home town of Bristol for issue of #31 of Private in 1975 (and was referenced in an article about ‘motorway services sex’ on the outskirts of the city for Park Lane #9) but that was about it. She never, as far as I’m aware, ever visited Gloucestershire, but that is all set to change…

Mary Millington Gloucester

On Saturday 14 May, my film, Respectable – The Mary Millington Story, will be playing for one night only at the historic Guildhall Cinema in the centre of Gloucester. I’ll be attending, to introduce the film on the big screen, and doing a Q&A afterwards. Tickets can be obtained from the Guildhall website.

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Mary, Uncut!

Mary Millington 18 certificate

I’m really pleased that Respectable – The Mary Millington Story has been passed totally uncut by the BBFC. The film can be seen in all its glory on Netflix, and on special edition DVD from 2nd May 2016.

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Celebrating Mary Millington Day!

Well, 7th April was ‘Mary Millington Day’ in London, when we unveiled a plaque commemorating Come Play with Me and premièred my new film on her incredible life, Respectable – The Mary Millington Story, at the beautiful Regent Street Cinema. From beginning to end it was an amazing event, full of laughter, stories and a few tears. Thanks to all my wonderful friends for their continuing support, and to Mary’s family for making it a day never to be forgotten. Here’s a photo of myself with some Come Play with Me alumni – my friends Nicola Austine, Sue Longhurt, Willy Roe and David Sullivan – outside the old Moulin cinema in Great Windmill Street, W1.

David Sullivan at the unveiling of the blue plaque to Mary Milli

I, personally, have so many people to thank for a perfect day – Novus Leisure, Soho Estates, Westminster City Council, Regent Street Cinema, Content Media, London Live, Ugly Models, Alexandra Collins Photography plus David Sullivan, the Quilters, the Maxteds, my Respectable cast and crew and very special guests (aside from those pictured above) – including Clyda Rosen, Flanagan, Jess Conrad, Ed Tudor-Pole, Linzi Drew, Allan Warren, Dave Cash, Françoise Pascal, Michael Armstrong, David McGillivray, Kim Newman and Josie Harrison Marks, plus many, many more.

Thank you all for helping me celebrate the life and legacy of Mary Millington. I was extremely proud and it was, genuinely, the very best day of my life.

Photograph strictly © Alexandra Collins Photography 2016

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Mary on Netflix!

I’m very proud to officially announce that Respectable – The Mary Millington Story will be available to watch on Netflix from today; much earlier than anticipated. Thanks to everybody at Netflix for their amazing support and for being so enthusiastic about the documentary, right from the outset. We are absolutely thrilled that Mary’s incredible story will be available for millions of people to watch across the world.

Netflix Mary Millington

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Today… is Mary Millington Day

Today marks the climax of many years of extremely hard work.

7 April 2016 is the day when Mary Millington is at long last recognised with a blue plaque in London, and my feature-length documentary about her incredible life – Respectable – The Mary Millington Story – finally gets released on the big screen at London’s beautiful Regent Street Cinema. We had a test-screening of the movie on Tuesday, and here’s a photo of it below. For me, personally, it’s been a long, colourful, and sometimes tortuous journey, but we did it Mary… we made it to the end!

Mary Millington Respectable Regent Street Cinema

To those amazing people who have supported me through this – the cast and crew of Respectable, Mary’s family, David Sullivan, Baker Street Ventures, Pinewood Studios, Cheltenham Film Studios, Content Media, London Live and all my fantastic friends and family – I thank you all. To those bitter bloggers, naysayers and industry bullshitters – we proved you all wrong. 

Today we celebrate ‘Mary Millington Day’ in London, and across the world from tomorrow Respectable will be available to watch on Netflix in UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. I have dreamt of this day. It is like a fantasy come true.

I owe an awful lot to Mary. She was a truly incredibly woman. God bless you.

Simon Sheridan

All words and photograph strictly © Simon Sheridan 2016

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Respectable – The Mary Millington Story

Tomorrow – 7 April 2016 – Respectable – The Mary Millington Story will have its world première at the Regent Street Cinema in London’s West End. Cast, crew, Mary’s family, friends and co-stars will be in attendance. For the first time since 1989 (when the Moulin Cinema in Soho reissued Come Play with Me), Mary Millington finally returns to the big screen in London.

Respectable poster image

All words and photograph strictly © Simon Sheridan 2016

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Blue Movies… Blue Plaques…

Mary Millington is unquestionably the most famous pornographic actress this country has ever produced, and her best-known film Come Play with Me holds the record for Britain’s longest-running movie ever. Why then, has this never been publicly recognised? Well, very soon it will be. As I hinted at last year, I’ve been working extremely hard to make sure Mary has a permanent memorial in her spiritual home, Soho, W1. I’m eternally grateful to David Sullivan, Soho Estates, Westminster City Council and The Soho Society for helping me make this happen. Finally, on 7 April 2016, Mary and Come Play with Me will take their place – forever – in Great Windmill Street. Here’s the very first, exclusive, glimpse of what’s to come…

Mary Millington blue plaque

All words and photograph strictly © Simon Sheridan 2016

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