UK: Fanderson to sponsor Anderson On Film!

Fanderson is the proud sponsor of the Anderson On Film presentation as part of the Southend Film Festival, enabling fans to enjoy Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s work with other fans this summer… on film!

In this digital world it’s easy to watch programmes on your phone, to stream, or even to watch from DVD or Blu-ray Disc. This year’s Southend Film Festival gives Anderson fans a chance to have that collective experience of watching with fellow fans, thanks to the beauty that is celluloid film!

This year’s programme of Anderson programmes on 29th May 2022 – all on the big screen and all shown from film – includes:

  • Four Feather Falls Trouble In Yellow Gulch and Indian Attack
  • Space:1999 War Games
  • Thunderbirds Pit Of Peril

The popular Southend Film Festival has been running for thirteen years in two parts – as well as the main festival, the Film Festival Fringe encourages various venues around Southend to put on film screenings throughout May. Over 50 films were screened during last year’s festival. The festival’s patrons are actors Ray Winstone, Vicki Michelle and Phil Davis, and you can see more at www.southendfilmfestival.com

When the club announced that Supercelebration would be our last full-weekend convention we offered to help smaller events around the country to ensure fans of Gerry and Sylvia’s work could continue to get together. That help might be financial (such as seed funding to secure a venue, or advertising, or sponsorship) or it might be more practical (such as liaising with guests, or logistical help).

If you need help or support with your Anderson event, please drop us a line at fanderson.org.uk@outlook.com.

UK: Oakley Court Film & Memorabilia Fair on Hallowe’en

Over 40 specialist dealers and special guests will be gathering this Hallowe’en at the “home of Hammer” – the magnificent Oakley Court Hotel, Windsor for the Oakley Court Film & Memorabilia Fair.

The dealers will be selling all sorts of memorabilia – stills, posters, books, props, magazines, campaign books and artwork.

The guests have many years’ experience in the horror film industry and classic television appearances, including many in ITC productions. They’ll all be available for autograph signing, selfies or just a chat:

Graham’s limited edition poster for the event will also be available @ £15.

The Oakley Court Film & Memorabilia Fair takes place on 31st October 2021, 09:00-16:00 at the Windsor Suite, Oakley Court Hotel, Windsor Road, Water Oakley, Windsor SL4 5UR.

Entry is just £7. Buy your tickets here, or pay on the door.

[UPDATED] UK: Sci-fi Saturday at Cromford Mills, 14th August

Model-maker extraordinaire and Fanderson member David Sisson is putting together another fantastic display of models, puppets and costumes from Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s productions for Sci-fi Saturday at Cromford Mills, Derby, on Saturday 14th August 2021.

Last year’s display was extremely popular, even with social distancing restrictions in place, and this year promises to be even better! As well as Anderson exhibits there will be things to interest Doctor Who and Blake’s 7 fans too.

Don’t forget to say “hello” to Fanderson’s own Stephen Brown, Jackie Dear, Ian Fryer and Lynn Simpson whilst you’re there.

This year’s display is planned to include:

David Sisson’s collection of model vehicles, puppets, and props from Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons, Terrahawks and Space Precinct, both custom-made reproductions and studio originals. Mamas Pitsillis and Linda Ianson (Studio 2 Models) will be operating radio-controlled replica vehicles from UFO and Stingray. Bob and Sue Bailey will be bringing along a display from Fireball XL5 including the star of the show, Steve Zodiac, which is the oldest known surviving complete hero puppet!

And if you need some relief from all that Anderson wonderfulness, Simon Rhodes will be displaying his collection of original costumes from Star Trek Voyager. Richard Ashton will be displaying custom-made model kits and scratch built models from films, such as Star Wars, Firefly, and Back To The Future. Gary Holland collection of original costumes from Blake’s 7 includes iconic clothing designs worn by the series’ lead stars. Scott Goodman will appear in full costume during the day as Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor, bringing with him his arch-nemesis a Dalek, whilst James Burgess will be displaying some of his amazing sculptures and recreations from the worlds of Doctor Who.

Cromford Mills is a free-to-enter, UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a complete day out with family and friends. It’s owned and managed by The Arkwright Society – an educational charity devoted to the rescue of the industrial heritage buildings and helping to preserve the precious built and natural landscape in and around Cromford.

 

 

Whatever happened to FAB 1?

In Thunderbirds, it’s assumed FAB 1 met a fiery end during the crash of Skyship One. Sadly, real life is proving to be just as shocking!

Fanderson members will remember the full-size replica FAB 1 built by Melvin Jarvis, which was a star attraction at the club’s Countdown To Disaster convention in 2005 (pictured above) and was also at Gerry Anderson’s funeral in 2013. Recently, Melvin has been dealing with serious personal issues including a suspected arson attack, culminating in FAB 1 being pretty much completely burned out.

 

The good news is that Melvin’s already been able to get FAB 1 sandblasted (below) so she’s in a fit state to be rebuilt, after which he’s determined she’ll be “better and more film accurate than before”. He’s planning to share the story online soon, complete with monthly progress videos, which we’ll of course share just as soon as that happens.

Operation Priest Treasure Hunt – the answers

As something for delegates to do on the way to Maidenhead for Fanderson’s recent Supercelebration convention, and as a way of visiting some Anderson filming locations, we suggested the Operation Priest Treasure Hunt.

Just one team entered (and therefore won) and they were Paul Mayne, Richard and Fiona Yelland, Steven Cross, Chris Dean and Huw Davies.

Click to see the answers.

Even more Terrahawks! John Lee is coming to Supercelebration

We are excited to reveal that Terrahawks modelmaker John Lee will be attending Supercelebration in September.

Working under Special Effects Director Steven Begg and alongside fellow modelmaker Steve Woodcock, John designed and built many of the weird and wonderful space craft that appeared in the series. He has since gone on to amass a wealth of credits as director of photography on film and TV.

John will be joined at Supercelebration by fellow Terrahawks production crew members Steve Begg, Peter Tilbe, Gary Tomkins, Terry Adlam and Kaye Main.

Join us for a Supercelebration

The convention takes place from 20th to 22nd September at the 2019 Holiday Inn, Maidenhead.

Tickets for club members to Supercelebration start from just £75 per person for one day, or £130 for the whole weekend. In this challenging financial climate, we’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as our Special Assignment convention in 2017.

That’s because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary.

Find out more and register now

Kaye Main jets in for Supercelebration

We are delighted to reveal that Terrahawks production crew member Kaye Main will be attending Supercelebration in September. Previously known as Kaye Moss, she worked on Terrahawks as a runner, buyer, prop maker and general assistant. Kaye is flying all the way over from New Zealand to attend what is expected to be the last ever full weekend Fanderson convention. She joins fellow Terrahawks production crew members Steve Begg, Peter Tilbe, Gary Tomkins and Terry Adlam at the event.

Join us for a Supercelebration

The convention takes place from 20th to 22nd September at the 2019 Holiday Inn, Maidenhead.

Tickets for club members to Supercelebration start from just £75 per person for one day, or £130 for the whole weekend. In this challenging financial climate, we’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as our Special Assignment convention in 2017.

That’s because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary.

Find out more and register now

Peter Tilbe to attend Supercelebration

We are very pleased to announce the latest guest to  attend Supercelebration in September: Peter Tilbe. Peter worked as a model worker on Terrahawks in the early 1980s  and contributed to numerous models, including the two-part jet fighter, Hawkwing.

He joins fellow Terrahawks  production crew members Steve Begg, Gary Tomkins and Terry Adlam at Supercelebration – make sure you don’t miss them!

Join us for a Supercelebration

The convention takes place from 20th to 22nd September at the 2019 Holiday Inn, Maidenhead.

Tickets for club members to Supercelebration start from just £75 per person for one day, or £130 for the whole weekend. In this challenging financial climate, we’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as our Special Assignment convention in 2017.

That’s because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary.

Find out more and register now

Peter Hitchcock

Peter Hitchcock jets in for Supercelebration

We are delighted to announce that director, writer and producer Peter Hitchcock will be coming to Supercelebration in September.

Peter, who now lives in Canada, started his career working on the Supermarionation series in the early 1960s, doing everything from lip synch operating to assisting Derek Meddings with visual effects sequences.

We are thrilled that Peter, pictured here to the right of Brian Johnson, can once again make the long journey from Canada to be with us. We look forward to hearing more of his stories from AP Films!

Join us for a Supercelebration

The convention takes place from 20th to 22nd September at the 2019 Holiday Inn, Maidenhead.

Tickets for club members to Supercelebration start from just £75 per person for one day, or £130 for the whole weekend. In this challenging financial climate, we’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as our Special Assignment convention in 2017.

That’s because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary.

Find out more and register now

Andrew Skilleter is coming to Supercelebration

We are delighted to announce that artist Andrew Skilleter will be coming to Supercelebration in September.

Andrew contributed  to the Fleetway Gerry Anderson comics in the 1990s, including Thunderbirds, Stingray, Captain Scarlet and Joe 90. He has also illustrated extensively for Doctor Who.

Join us for a Supercelebration

The convention takes place from 20th to 22nd September at the 2019 Holiday Inn, Maidenhead.

Tickets for club members to Supercelebration start from just £75 per person for one day, or £130 for the whole weekend. In this challenging financial climate, we’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as our Special Assignment convention in 2017.

That’s because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary.

Find out more and register now