Lights! Cameras! Tyneside!
Talk about hot off the press: Forget Carter is so bang up to date that it ends with I, Daniel Blake, a work of art which, in years to come, is surely going to be seen as one of the defining cinematic works of the era. But the book, written by local cultural historian, Chris Phipps, doesn’t just concern itself with the big hitters. It kicks off back in 1940 with On the Night of the Fire, a dark drama set on Tynside. Curiously, although shot on location, Newcastle is never mentioned in the film. In fact, Newcastle isn’t properly referenced on screen until the TV programmes, The Likely Lads, and, more pertinently, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? arrived on the small screen in the 60s and 70s.
The success of these shows opened the floodgates somewhat with big hits arriving in the shape of The Tube, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and Byker Grove. And filmmakers would increasingly begin to head north with films such as Stormy Monday, Purely Belter and Goal! all making use of cinematic locations around the region. Phipps provides an illuminating commentary on these productions, the good and the bad, and has secured great interviews with the likes of Peter Flannery (writer of Our Friends in the North) and Dave Johns (star of I, Daniel Blake).
And, despite the book's title, Get Carter does, of course, get a meaty 10 pages all to itself.Forget Carter by Chris Phipps is published by Tyne Bridge Publishing, £9.99. Visit newcastle.gov.uk for ordering details click: https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/leisure-libraries-and-tourism/local-history-and-heritage/tyne-bridge-pu...