Mike Hodges Interview and Locations on The One Show, BBC One

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Without much notice, the BBC magazine programme, The One Show, this week broadcast a small piece in which Dave King (of The Hairy Bikers) returned to Newcastle to interview Get Carter director Mike Hodges.

The piece centred around the changing face of Newcastle in the 45 years since the film was released, and used various locations that were used in the film to highlight this. A short but enjoyable watch, and I’ve uploaded it to YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

‘Get Carter’ Reviews Coming In…

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I was lucky enough to visit the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry last week to watch the latest take on Jack’s Return Home adapted for the stage by Northern Stage. It was an interesting experience and one that on the whole I enjoyed. The play is based much more on the original novel, despite retaining the ‘Get Carter’ name. Without giving too much away, there are a number of plot twists that have been added in by the writer, presumably to give it the extra edge and twists to make it an interesting, original take on the story.

The production has been having strong reviews across the web, some praising its new take on the story and the strong cast performance – alongside a fantastic set. For me, the play is possibly slightly long and it loses it’s way slightly in the second half, before the climax. That said, it’s a great production for any of the big fans of Get Carter and well worth an evening out.


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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.


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