Film-maker Stanley Long – dubbed the “King of Sexploitation” following his string of X-rated films in the 1960s and 1970s – has died from natural causes, aged 78.
Having served in the RAF, he started out as a photographer for Picture Post before his career evolved from a job taking nude photographs for a men’s magazine. Soon he began making moving pictures with his company, Stag Films, producing more than 150 short films.
Best known for mixing bawdy comedy with female nudity, Long served as a director, producer and cinematographer, earning millions by his late-thirties. He was best known for films On the Game, Sex and the Other Woman and 1976’s Adventures of A Taxi Driver – a rival to the Confessions movies starring Robin Askwith – which was sold to 36 countries and spawned two sequels, Adventures of a Private Eye and Adventures of a Plumber’s Mate.
Long’s low-budget comedies starred several household names, including Diana Dors, Liz Fraser and Ian Lavendar as well as launching the career of a young Pauline Collins.
His 1964 documentary West End Jungle – about Soho’s sex industry – proved too controversial for audiences and was banned by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) until 2008, before being shown on BBC4 the following year.
Having retired from film directing in the early 1980s, Long briefly returned in 2006 to direct The Other Side of the Screen – a one-off documentary detailing various aspects of filmmaking.
In recent years he has worked with his production company, Salon, on films such as Batman Begins and V for Vendetta. His biography, X-Rated – Adventure of an Exploitation Filmmaker, was published in July 2008.