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Secret Rites 1971 18

47 mins United Kingdom Director. Derek Ford

Part Mondo movie, part countercultural artefact, this strange mid-length 'documentary' by sex film director Derek Ford lifts the lid on witchcraft in 1970s Notting Hill. Mystery band The Spindle provide the groovy, psychedelic sounds while tentative occult enthusiast Penny and a serious-sounding narrator introduce the viewer to three unusual, secret ritual acts. Far out.

Alex Sanders and his wife and collaborator Maxine often appeared in the press in the 1970s, performing nude rituals. Maxine takes a back seat on this occasion but does appear in the more sedate pub scene, dragging on a cigarette. Alex's title King of the Witches came in part from his 1967 biography, which Penny refers to. Her interest in Wicca appears questionable, though - she featured in the Frankie Howard TV comedy Up Pompeii! and worked as a model.

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Directed by

Derek Ford

Featuring

Alex Sanders

Lee Peters

Genres

Documentary

Collection

Sex Unavailable on DVD The Pleasure Principle Other Grooves

Certificate

18

Released

1971

Country

United Kingdom

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