‘Getting Carter – Ted Lewis and the Birth of Brit Noir’ – New Book

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Some excellent pre-Christmas news for all those Get Carter fans who are looking for a good book over the winter. It looks like we have, at last, a strong, definitive look at the life of Ted Lewis – the author who wrote ‘Jacks Return Home’, the book that started it all for this wonderful film. Whilst it’s a story that is lesser known by fans of the film, and with a sad ending, I’m glad that Nick Triplow has chronicled the short life of Ted Lewis.

The story of Ted Lewis carries historical and cultural resonances for our own troubled times

Get Carter are two words to bring a smile of fond recollection to all British film lovers of a certain age.

The cinema classic was based on a book called Jack’s Return Home, and many commentators agree contemporary British crime writing began with that novel. The influence of both book and film is strong to this day, reflected in the work of David Peace, Jake Arnott and a host of contemporary crime & noir authors. But what of the man who wrote this seminal work?

Ted Lewis is one of the most important writers you’ve never heard of. Born in Manchester in 1940, he grew up in the tough environs of post-war Humberside, attending Hull College of Arts and Crafts before heading for London. His life described a cycle of obscurity to glamour and back to obscurity, followed by death at only 42. He sampled the bright temptations of sixties London while working in advertising, TV and films and he encountered excitement and danger in Soho drinking dens, rubbing shoulders with the ‘East End boys’ in gangland haunts. He wrote for Z Cars and had some nine books published. Alas, unable to repeat the commercial success of Get Carter, Lewis’s life fell apart, his marriage ended and he returned to Humberside and an all too early demise.

Getting Carter is a meticulously researched and riveting account of the career of a doomed genius. Long-time admirer Nick Triplow has fashioned a thorough, sympathetic and unsparing narrative. Required reading for noirists, this book will enthral and move anyone who finds irresistible the old cocktail of rags to riches to rags.

More information on the book can be found on the publisher’s website. The book, released on the 26th October is currently available now and at a discounted rate for the hardback. Otherwise, it will become available in the usual places in the usual formats later this month.

The author is also doing a number of personal appearances to promote the book – more information on these can be found in the same place above.

  • Q&A WITH NICK TRIPLOW, 15 Oct, 2017 4:30 pm, Gangland London Film Festival, Regent Street Cinema
  • GETTING CARTER – NICK TRIPLOW TALK AT THE SOHEMIANS, 25 Oct, 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Upstairs in The Weatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1JB
  • GETTING CARTER BOOK LAUNCH, 01 Nov, 2017 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm, Cafe INDIEpendent, 169-173 High Street, Scunthorpe, DN15 6EH
  • GETTING CARTER BOOK LAUNCH, 17 Nov, 2017 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Kardomah 94, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull, HU1 2AN
  • HULL NOIR – GET CARTER: TED LEWIS AND THE HARD-BOILING OF BRITISH CRIME FICTION, 18 Nov, 2017 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, The Britannia Royal Hotel, Hull
Mike Hodges

Mike Hodges Crowdfunding Three New Noir Novellas

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Word has reached us that famed Get Carter director, Mike Hodges, is currently crowdsourcing funding for three new novels that he has written.

The three noir novellas, titled Bait, Security and Grist explore various themes and include all you would expect from a director who has spread himself across multiple genres during his career.

You can find out more over at the Unbound website, with various packages available starting at £10, including various collectable Get Carter rewards.


New Book and Tour from North East film expert, Chris Phipps

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Many fans of ‘Get Carter’ will be well aware of Chris Phipps, who has done a lot to promote and research the film history of the Nort East. As you can imagine, a lot of this focusses on ‘Get Carter’ – but did you know there are many other movies and TV shows that have been filmed in and around that area? Chris has recently completed a new book which chronicles this, and he’s been in touch to let us know that he will be running some tours of these iconic filming locations.

The full press release is below….




MAY 8 AND JUNE 29 2017


Many people know and associate Newcastle and the region with TV and Film icons Get Carter, Byker Grove, The Tube and Our Friends in the North. However, do you know where Ralph Richardson stole money from in 1939? Where did a den of spies live in Jesmond in 1951? Who met Tommy Lee Jones on the High-Level Bridge in 1988? Where was Gateshead High Street under siege in 2009? and which Newcastle high rise flats seem to appear in every programme or film made in Newcastle?

From his new book, media historian Chris Phipps takes us on his tour of Newcastle’s film and TV locations covering old favourites like Payroll and Auf Wiedersehen Pet and shining light on some hidden gems such as The One and Only, Unconditional and The Clouded Yellow. Newcastle and the region continue to be the perfect film set, visit filming sites for Vera and Transformers: The Black Knight. Forget Carter! What could be next for this photogenic city?

Using his interviews with directors Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake, Kes) and Bryn Higgins (Unconditional), writers Peter Flannery (Our Friends in the North, George Gently), Ian La Frenais (The Likely Lads, Porridge, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet) and Lee Hall (Billy Elliot)and actors Melanie Hill (Bread, Coronation Street), Victoria Elliot (Hebburn , Emmerdale, The Kennedys, 55 Degrees North, Get Carter stage play), Charlie Hardwick (Amber Films, Emmerdale, Byker Grove) and Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake), this tour explores the background to the filming of many television programmes and films in Newcastle and region.


The BEST SELLING book published by Tyne Bridge Publications is now available from City Library, Waterstones, The Tyneside Cinema and www.tinyurl.com/toonbooks


The bridge in South Hetton where Sibbet's body was found

50 Years On From the ‘One-Armed Bandit’ Murder

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As we all know, the film ‘Get Carter’ was based on Ted Lewis’s eponymous novel ‘Jack’s Return Home’. But did you know that the novel itself is loosely connected to a similar, real-life story that happened in the North-East only a few years before?

Angus Sibbet was a money collector for a well known local villain, Vince Landa, who controlled the majority of the one-armed bandit machines in the North-East. Well, on the 5th January 1967 the body of Sibbet was found dead in his car in South Hetton. Landa’s brother, Michael Luvaglio and Sibbet’s colleague, Dennis Stafford, were arrested and found guilty of his murder – both sentenced to life imprisonment but released in 1979.

Numerous similarities to the Get Carter movie are obvious, there can be no doubt about that – hence why it is such an intriguing case for many fans of the film.

Both men have vehemently protested their innocence since being released from prison and this week marks a major milestone in the crime, a full 50 years since it took place. Luckily, there are a number of good online articles that have outlined the case and are well worth checking out.

Firstly though, it may be useful to get a good background from the Wikipedia page of the murders.



Get Carter cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky dies aged 104

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The Guardian has reported the death of Get Carter cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky at the age of 104. He was a photographer, cameraman and cinematographer who was involved in television and film production over many decades. His contribution to Get Carter, arguably his career highlight, will remain unforgettable.

You can read his full obituary on The Guardian website.

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