Last year I was approached by innovative British artist, Shuby. An expert in layered silkscreens printed onto canvases, Shuby explained how much she had enjoyed my book Keeping The British End Up and my movie Respectable and asked whether she could use some of the imagery from my archive to use as the basis of new artworks. We hit it off immediately and I happily gave Shuby some scans which she has wittily blown up, re-imagined and garnished with her trademark iconography of kinky rabbits, naughty bowler hats and ready-peeled bananas! Her first solo London show opened this month and runs at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery in New Compton Street, Soho, until 18 February 2017.
I went to the private launch show last week and the reaction from guests was astonishing. Shuby’s artwork captures a bygone Soho, and celebrates the memorabilia of British sexploitation movies (including those of Stanley Long), Soho sex cinemas, strip clubs and telephone tart cards. I’d recommend the show to everybody, so if you find yourself in the West End pop along for a look. Check out more of Shuby’s creations on her website.
This website would like to wish all admirers of Mary Millington a very Merry Christmas and an exceedingly Happy New Year. Thanks to everybody who made Respectable – The Mary Millington Story such a huge success in 2016. Mary was finally back where she belonged – at the cinema, on television, in the national press, and in the very heart of Soho (by way of a blue plaque). Four decades after her death, 2016 was finally Mary’s year.
A brand new book featuring Mary Millington has just been published by Gingko Books. The Art of The B-Movie Poster collects hundreds of American and European exploitation posters in one hardback volume. There are over 300 pages of mondo, action, horror, sci-fi and sex film posters with individual essays written by the likes of Eric Schaefer, Stephen Jones, Kim Newman and Simon Sheridan. The book is edited by Adam Newell and Simon Sheridan’s ‘sex’ chapter concentrates on classic titles from both sides of the Atlantic – Linda Lovelace’s Deep Throat (1972) and Mary Millington’s Come Play with Me (1977).
The Art of The B-Movie Poster can be ordered now from Amazon.
“The book is a veritable photographic study of exploitation advertising, interspersed with essays discussing the evolution of grindhouse cinema. The text is a massive undertaking, and contains what seems to be reprints of nearly every movie poster to have ever graced Times Square.” Rue Morgue Magazine
Last night – 27 September 2016 – Respectable – The Mary Millington Story returned to the big screen at the Prince Charles Cinema, off Leicester Square, in the heart of London’s West End. The Prince Charles is now best known as a cinema specialising in ‘cult’ films, but 40 years ago it was well-loved for its ‘X’-rated programming. The original Emmanuelle movie, starring the late, great Sylvia Kristel, played here solidly between late-1974 to early 1977 (however, it didn’t beat Mary’s record-breaking 201-week run in Come Play with Me at the Moulin in Soho).
After the screening, Respectable’s director, Simon Sheridan, was joined on stage for a Q&A with adult filmmaker Pandora Blake and industry legend Linsey Dawn McKenzie. Immediately after the event Simon attended the 2016 UKAP Awards on Leicester Square where he was presented with the ‘Legend’ award by Linsey, Ben Dover and Alistair Graham.
This is the first time in its history that UKAP has given the ‘Legend’ award. “I’m overwhelmed with the support that Respectable has received over the past six months, since it first came out,” Simon said. “I’m so proud that Mary is finally getting the recognition she deserves, and would like to thank Terry Stephens at UKAP and the British adult industry for its continuing support. I’m really thrilled that Mary’s name lives on.”
Photographs strictly © Simon Sheridan 2016
We are delighted to announce that on 27 September 2016, Respectable – The Mary Millington Story will be returning to London’s West End. The film will be showing at the legendary Prince Charles Cinema, off Leicester Square at 6pm. The screening will be immediately followed by a Q&A with director Simon Sheridan, and some very special guests. More details and tickets can be obtained from the Eventbrite booking website.
2016 has been quite a year for Mary Millington. In April Respectable was released in London’s West End and on Netflix around the world. The reaction to the film has been astonishing. Additionally, Mary’s name has been immortalised forever in Soho, in the form of a blue plaque, erected in Great Windmill Street. Next month Respectable returns to the West End, and Mary’s unique life and career will recognised with a very special award. More on that soon.
But today, 19 August, we remember that it’s an incredible 37 years since Mary lost her life. She was an extraordinary woman. A lover. A liberator. A legend. We will never forget her.
“The song is ended, but the melody lingers on…” Irving Berlin
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.
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
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.
Image © Simon Sheridan & Baker Street Ventures 2016
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.
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…
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.