Doing Rude Things

The History of the British Sex Film

Vastly expanded and updated 25th-anniversary edition. Originally published in 1992, and filmed by BBC TV in 1995.

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About the Book

Doing Rude Things: The History of the British Sex Film was first published in 1992. It was the first serious study of British soft porn, and it was highly influential. It was filmed by BBC TV in 1995 and led to the film seasons, video releases and blogs on the subject that have continued to the present day. The 25th-anniversary edition, to be published in 2017 is vastly expanded and updated with new chapters, design and illustrations. It brings the story of British prudishness and censorship bang up to date.

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Author: David McGillivray
Foreword: Pamela Green
Publisher: Wolfbait
Publication Year: 2017
ISBN: 9781999744151

About the Author David McGillivray

David McGillivray has been a writer, producer, and performer for radio, television, stage, and screen since 1964. He is best known for a series of exploitation films – among them House of Whipcord, Frightmare, and Satan’s Slave – he wrote in the 1970s. In the 1980s David toured with his theatre company Entertainment Machine and began writing for the comedian Julian Clary, a job he has maintained to this day. He wrote the first edition of his seminal history of British sex films, Doing Things, in 1992. The BBC filmed it in 1995. From 2004 David wrote and produced a series of short horror films later joined together as Worst Fears. In 2015 he produced the notorious film Trouser Bar. The second edition of Doing Rude Things followed in 2016. David’s autobiography, Little Did You Know, will be published in 2019.

Pamela Green was a popular model of the 1950s. She was photographed by such photographers as Bill Brandt, Zoltán Glass, and Angus McBean. In 1955 she set up Kamera Publications with her then partner George Harrison Marks. She appeared in the cult films Naked as Nature Intended (1961) and Peeping Tom (1960), a psychological thriller directed by the celebrated Michael Powell.


Doing Rude Things is an essential read, serving as either a smile-raising trip down memory lane for those with a fondness for an era that time refuses to forget, or a curiosity-kindler for newbies who feel inclined to dip a tentative toe into its enticingly grubby cinematic waters.” — Cinema Retro

“These were firework films, and Doing Rude Things re-ignites them. It is a brave and beautiful volume in which the filthy and f***ed attain grace.” — International Times

“Entertainingly downbeat and affectionate” — Pam Cook, Sight and Sound

“A collector’s item…immediately indispensable” — Gerald Kaufman, Daily Telegraph

“Lively, charming, honest and occasionally surprisingly serious” — Kim Newman, Empire

“A treat from beginning to end” — Allan Bryce, Penthouse

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