Stanley Long was best known as the enterprising British film-maker behind a string of hugely successful low-budget X-certificate movies. For 25 years, from 1958 to 1983, he worked, variously, as cinematographer, writer, producer and director on “adults only” films like Take Off Your Clothes and Live (1963), Naughty! (1971) and Eskimo Nell (1974). His energetic productions mixed slapstick humour, big-name comedy stars and full-frontal nudity and made him a millionaire by the age of 36.
Described as “The King of Sexploitation” by The Sun, Long was, arguably, one of the most commercially successful independent British film-makers of the 1960s and ’70s. However, he remained relatively anonymous and was scornful of critics who were critical of his work. “It wasn’t easy making an exploitation movie,” he stressed. “It needed a fresh script, careful planning and a lot of skill.”