British 'sexploitation' film maker dies age 78

Stanley Long, the film-maker dubbed the “king of sexploitation” after his saucy British movie romps, has died aged 78. During the 1960s and ‘70s his cheeky X-rated films gave Pauline Collins a big break into showbiz and included stars such as Diana Dors and Ian Lavender.

Long, who was a cinematographer, director and producer, is known for movies like Eskimo Nell, On The Game and The Wife Swappers, whilst also launching the Adventure films, starting with Adventures Of A Taxi Driver – rival to the Confession movies which starred Robin Askwith. The movie-maker died from natural causes on Monday, said his family from Buckinghamshire where he lived.

Long, who was a millionaire by the time he was 36, produced a series of movies over a 25 year period where he blended female nudity with bawdy comedy. He one said that it was not easy to make the movies as they needed careful planning, a fresh script and a lot of skill.

Before serving in the RAF he worked for Picture Post as a photographer and afterwards he started to take nude shots for men’s magazines before starting to make movies. He made 150 short films with his company Stag Films.

West End Jungle was a documentary about the sex industry in Soho. When it was first made the movie was banned after causing an outcry, only to be screened by BBC Four at a later date. Adventures Of A Taxi Driver, which was made for £30,000 was sold to 36 countries and became a box office hit. He set up a distribution firm, which became very successful and his post-production company has worked on movies like Batman Begins.