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
Distributed by Tigon Film Distributors
Release dates
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.



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]


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.


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]


  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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