45th Anniversary of Get Carter

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This week represents the 45th anniversary of the release of Get Carter to cinemas, reports the Newcastle Chronicle.

Interestingly, the movie opened in the USA a full week before it did in the UK – but only in the New York area.

The full dates were:

USA – 3rd March 1971 (New York), 18th March 1971 (National)
UK – 10th March 1971

Get Carter historian, Chris Phipps, fills us in…

Caine shares the screen with the city of Newcastle. Ted Lewis’s original novel was set in his native Humberside. Get Carter director Mike Hodges had instead chosen Newcastle as the gritty, corrupt and changing backdrop that had shaped Jack Carter. Hodges background in documentary and current affairs brought an authenticity to the story which gives it an edge 45 years on. Roy Budd’s economic eerie score completed the effect. Caine’s co-stars featured a fledgling Alun Armstrong and an uncredited Jimmy Nail. Get Carter immortalised the span of the High Level Bridge and the brutal concrete heights of the Gateshead Trinity carpark. 1971 was a watershed year for crime on the big screen. It gave us the amoral cops of Dirty Harry and The French Connection and put Jack Carter in good company. Happy 45th birthday Jack.

Welcome to getcarter.xyz!

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After many hours spent toiling over a keyboard, I am extremely proud to announce the launch of what I hope will become the ultimate online reference for one of the greatest British films ever made – Get Carter. There have been numerous attempts over the past 10 or so years at other websites to celebrate the film, but sadly they have either fell by the wayside or no longer exist. It’s about time that that was rectified, so here we have getcarter.xyz.

My passion with the film started around 10 years ago when I was recommended to watch it. It was one of those films that immediately struck a chord with me – both from the story and the wonderful photography it presented. I was hooked.

The website will be a living document – adding new sections as and when and updating with links, articles and other interesting pieces and bits-and-bobs as I go. I hope you enjoy. If you have any particular memories of the film, or wish to ask a question, please use the contact form or sign the guestbook. Alternatively, you can find me on Twitter.

Get Carter theatre adaption now playing at Northern Stage

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A theatrical adaption of Get Carter is currently running at the Northern Stage theatre in Newcastle. Based upon the eponymous novel by Ted Lewis, the film has been adapted by Torben Betts and the theatre’s director Lorne Campbell.

Fans expecting a straight lift of the film may be in for a couple of surprises as the story does take a number of new paths from the film.

Most of us, of course, don’t know the book and as the Northern Stage team has gone with both Hodges’ choice of location and title, many Get Carter fans will be expecting to see the film on stage. If they are then they are in for a number of surprises – and pleasant ones at that – which mean we can’t always be sure familar characters will meet a certain fate.

That said, it would certainly be a must watch for any fan of Get Carter.

The production runs until March 5th 2016 with tickets available now.

A nationwide tour is scheduled for the following dates:

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Former Get Carter nightclub to become student flats

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The Northern Echo is reporting that the nightclub featured in Get Carter is to be knocked down and transformed into student flats. The nightclub has had many names in recent years, but to any fans of the film it will always be remembered as the place where Thorpey finally came face to face with Jack (despite that location actually being Newcastle Airport toilets!).

A recent visit to the site shows that the demolition is well underway, with the student flats set to open in late 2017.


Five year anniversary of the infamous car park demolition

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2016 represents five years since the infamous Owen Luder brutalist structure was pulled down, reports the Newcastle Chronicle.

The car park had been on a gradual shutdown since 1995 when the upper levels were closed before finally fully shutting its ramp for the last time in 2007. Surprisingly, the demolition didn’t start for another four years, which, whilst great for fans of the film or brutalist architecture, was not so great for local residents as the building truly became an eyesore.

Fans of the film were offered the chance to later purchase parts of the rubble for £5 a piece.

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