Mike Hodges’ debut feature film, Get Carter (1971), was one of the key shifts in British cinema of the period. With its total lack of hope, an earnest presence of violence and a hugely detailed topography, the film is one of the definitive shifts to the more gritty, unremitting cinema produced in the early Heath years alongside the likes of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange … Continue reading Interview: Mike Hodges on Get Carter (1971).
On watching all of Patrick Keiller’s “Robinson” trilogy of films recently, it struck home how effectively stillness within a visual frame can traverse the geographical plain and recreate a journey that is both political and sociological. This, of course, goes to the heart filmmaking itself, the relationships with cuts especially and its portrayal of time, space and movement within a diegetic reality all being key … Continue reading Stasis In London (1994) – Patrick Keiller.
Michael Caine has had many a fine role in his long and incredibly varied career spanning over five decades. Considering his best film role will often bring up the usual favourites. Many people will perhaps cite The Italian Job, Zulu and The Ipcress Files as his best work while just as many try to forget about his role in Jaws 4. However there is one role that stands out truly as … Continue reading Get Carter – Mike Hodges (1971)