filmmaker forum

Gloucester Guildhall continues to champion local filmmakers as part of its Filmmaker Forum series and on Saturday May 14 they welcome Cheltenham-born Simon Sheridan.

His first feature film Respectable – The Mary Millington Story (which has already been bought by Netflix) tells the story of 1970s porn star Mary Millington. The shocking true story is a tale of rebellion, painted against a backdrop of disco, politics and porn, where a beautiful woman was sacrificed for her beliefs.

Shot on location in London, and at the legendary Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, this documentary reveals the truth behind a British icon and speaks to those who knew her best, with actor Dexter Fletcher narrating a story stranger than any fiction: of lost innocence, sex, fame, fortune and tragedy.

Mr Sheridan said: “My first ever experience of ‘seeing’ Mary actually happened in Gloucester. I saw a glamorous poster of her outside the ABC cinema on King’s Square in 1979, and the memory of it stayed with me ever since.

“We had the West End première at the Regent Street Cinema on April 7th. The screening in Gloucester is the first outside of the capital.”

Prior to the London screening a blue plaque was unveiled in Great Windmill Street, Soho, to commemorate Mary’s incredible life, and her role in Britain’s longest-running film, 1977’s Come Play with Me. At the unveiling Simon did a speech and Mary’s ex-partner David Sullivan (now owner of West Ham FC) pulled the cord.

“Reaction to the Respectable has been overwhelmingly positive,” added Mr Sheridan. “I’ve had the best comments, so I’m very excited to be bringing the film to Gloucester.”

The documentary will be shown at Gloucester Guildhall on Saturday May 14 at 7pm. Mr Sheridan will also be doing a Q&A on the night. Tickets are on sale from www.gloucesterguildhall.co.uk and 01452 503050.

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