Have Carter star Michael Caine and director Mike Hodges revisit the making of one of the most iconic gangster films of all time for a documentary currently in production in Newcastle.
The movers and shakers involved in the 1971 film will return to the spotlight in the new film – Dirty, Sexy and Totally Iconic – which promises to tell the “ultimate” story behind the original classic. And its makers will reveal more about the project when they attend a special screening of Get Carter at Tyneside Cinema.
On May 7 there will be a one-off preview of the 4K reboot of Get Carter, the thriller – apparently described by Quentin Tarantino as “the greatest British gangster movie ever” – sees Kane playing the steel-eyed Jack Carter traveling to Newcastle from London to get revenge for the murder of his brother. The restoration of the British Film Institute, now over 50 years old, was made possible thanks to a partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment UK Ltd.
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The preview evening at Tyneside Cinema – for which tickets are still available – will feature a question-and-answer session with Douglas Weir, who led the BFI restoration, and Tony Klinger, son of Get Carter producer Michael Klinger, who – a film producer himself – is also involved in Dirty, Sexy and Totally Iconic. Film fans will be able to hear – for the first time – about the new documentary, and its director, Wayne Roberts and Rob Fairhurst will also be in attendance.
Tony, who has worked on the likes of The Kids Are Alright and Shout at The Devil said: “It’s been more than 50 years since Get Carter first came to the big screen at Newcastle Cinemas and our new film will go back to the beginning about the story and talking to those involved in the making of the film as well as To the superhero fans who know every stat and every line of dialogue in the film. It would be a tribute to the film but also to the wonderful work my father did on this classic and iconic piece of cinema history.”
Michael Caine, now 89, and Mike Hodges—who was a director who first made Get Carter—appear in the documentary as does Tony, who recounts how his only surviving 35mm tracker is from the film. It also includes Ray Laidlaw, who takes part in local Tyne Idols tours for music, TV, and movies, which include Get Carter locations. There are also interviews with fans as well as with the new generation of filmmakers who have been influenced by the film that still has a contemporary feel to it even half a century later.
The Dirty, Sexy and Totally Iconic team recently filmed in the area, visiting Get Carter sites and interviewing people associated with them. The Lindisfarne musician and producer spoke about the value of shooting an iconic film on Tyneside and how it affected the art scene.
He said, “I had the pleasure of showing Tony and the team at some of the places where the movie was filmed. The High Level Bridge plays the title role and is one of the few places still recognizable from the 1970s.
“The other one is on a street in Gateshead where the Las Vegas Guest House is located.” “Many other places are now long gone such as the famous parking lot and rows of Tyneside apartments leading up to Tyne but if you know where to look, the clues are still there,” he added.
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She also co-stars with Karen Goldfinch, who chairs the North Tyneside Business Forum. She said, “It is great that this film has stood the test of time and had such an impact on inspiring arts, culture and creative work.
“Newcastle has brought the rest of the world to the attention of the world and to this day affects the film and media students who now live here. We are especially proud that North Tyneside was featured in the film with an iconic scene at Wallsend where the car is driven away from the ferry landing site.
“Tourism is important to North Tyneside and visitors will now see a very different picture of the town from what they saw more than five decades ago,” she said.
It is hoped that Dirty, Sexy and Totally Iconic will air this fall. For tickets for Get Carter Night, which begins May 7 at 7.30pm and is also expected to be filmed as part of the upcoming documentary, check out the Tyneside Cinema website here.