Keeping the British End Up: Four Decades of Saucy Cinema  

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Keeping the British End Up: Four Decades of Saucy Cinema (2005) is a book by Simon Sheridan on British erotic cinema.


Keeping the British End Up - The updated third edition of Simon Sheridan's classic history of British cinematic sex. The tradition of 'saucy postcard' humour - boobs, bums and boorish innuendo - is perhaps best exemplified by the long running `Carry On' movies, but there is also a forgotten cinema of saucier 'X' certificate movies. Who could forget the quivering delights of The Wife Swappers, The Sexplorer, I'm not Feeling Myself Tonight! and Adventures of a Plumber's Mate? Actors like Joanna Lumley, Leslie Ash, Joan Collins, Pauline Collins, Elaine Paige and Valerie Singleton all have naughty credits which they probably leave off their CVs, but the likes of Robin Askwith, Fiona Richmond and the late Mary Millington became sex superstars in movies which pushed the limits of censorship.
Simon Sheridan traces the development of the British sex film from its humble beginnings in coy nudist camp frolics like Some Like It Cool (directed by Michael Winner in 1960), through to its boom years with 1977's bonkbuster Come Play with Me and the titillating `Confessions' films, to the genre's eventual demise following censorship clampdowns and the introduction of home video in the early 1980s. Sheridan compiles a definitive X-rated filmography, and coaxes the facts from previously reclusive and reluctant interviewees. The story that unfolds is often funny, sometimes tragic, but undeniably revealing.
Keeping the British End Up also includes dozens of rare photographs and a foreword by 70's sexbomb Sue Longhurst (`Secrets of a Door-to-Door Salesman') and afterword by comedian Johnny Vegas (`Sex Lives of the Potato Men').

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