Today – 26 November 2013 – would’ve been the 80th birthday of my dear friend, Stanley Long, who sadly died last year. Stanley was the most prolific, and successful, exploitation moviemaker Britain ever produced; he wrote, photographed, produced, edited and directed dozens of films from the 1950s to the 1980s, and relished the ‘King of Sexploitation’ tag, awarded to him by The Sun newspaper.
Stanley knew everything about the film industry, and during his long career he’d met, or worked with, just about everyone; from Mary Millington to Stephen Fry, and Roman Polanksi to Sir John Mills. He was such an amazing man, and a huge influence on my life, and career; I learned so much from him. I always imagined that Stanley would reach his milestone birthday and, no doubt, we would’ve had quite a party, but sadly it was not meant to be.
Today I’m remembering Stanley, and here’s my very favourite photo of him – on the set of 1975’s Adventures of a Taxi Driver. The original print of this, which he signed to me, hangs proudly above my desk.
So, wherever you are, Stanley, keep the British end up for me. And I’m sure I’ll see you again one day. x