Zeta One

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Zeta One
"Zeta One".jpg
Italian poster
Directed by Michael Cort
Produced by George Maynard
Written by
  • Michael Cort
  • Alistair McKenzie
Music by Johnny Hawksworth
Cinematography Jack Atchelor
Edited by
  • Jack T. Knight
  • Dennis Lanning
Production
company
Distributed by Tigon Film Distributors
Release date
1970
Running time
82 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Budget £60,000

Zeta One is a 1970 British comedy science fiction film directed by Michael Cort and starring James Robertson Justice, Charles Hawtrey and Robin Hawdon.[1]

It was made for a budget of £60,000.[2] The movie has developed a cult following for its absurd and slow-moving plot line, and partial nudity.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Zeta One was the first film shot at Camden Studios, which was formerly a wallpaper factory in North London.[3] The plot of the film was based on a short story in the magazine Zeta.[3]

Release[edit]

Zeta One was released in the United Kingdom in 1970.[4] The film was not a commercial success on its release.[3] It was released in America by Film Ventures International, briefly in 1973 as The Love Slaves and then wider in 1974 under the title The Love Factor.

Reception[edit]

The film received negative reviews on its initial release.[3] In the Monthly Film Bulletin, David McGillivray described the film's themes as "quite preposterous in illogicality and silliness".[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zeta One (1969) at British Film Institute Film & TV Database.
  2. ^ John Hamilton, Beasts in the Cellar: The Exploitation Film Career of Tony Tenser, Fab Press, 2005 p 145
  3. ^ a b c d e I.Q. Hunter, British Science Fiction Cinema, Routledge, 2001 p 69
  4. ^ "Release". BFI Film & Television Database. London: British Film Institute. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 

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