Shepperton Babylon (2005)

TV Movie   |    |  Documentary

A sardonic look at the dark secrets of the British Film Industry of the 1920s and 30s, where scandal and sordid behaviour was almost as rife as in Hollywood.


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Ben McPherson


Matthew Sweet

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18 September 2005 | max-crack
| Worth having a TV just to watch this.
I don't watch much TV as a rule but "Shepperton Babylon" is fabulous viewing. It is based on a book of the same name that documents some of the more salacious details of the forgotten early years of British cinema. Owners of the famous Kenneth Anger "Hollywood Babylon" books of the 1970s will already be familiar with the style, but who would have thought similar scurrilous sleaziness was to be found in good old Blighty? Good Lord! Surely not! :-)

This hour-long documentary is both entertaining and fascinating. A tongue-in-cheek commentary from the very English Charlie Higson adds to the viewing delight. Made for the BBC's arts channel BBC4, but can hopefully be tracked down in syndication. Essential. More please!

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11 August 2005



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