Ted Lewis' great crime novel Get Carter (along with the rest of Lewis' work) is or soon will be back in print and easily available, thanks to those good people at Syndicate Books/Soho Press. Five years ago, at Crimefest 2010 in Bristol, England, I had the chance to meet Mike Hodges, who directed the excellent and influential movie version of Get Carter
. (This is one in an occasional series of blog posts about Crimefests past and present leading up to Crimefest 2015, which takes place May 14-17.)
even thousand pounds. That's how much money Mike Hodges
made for writing and directing Get Carter
, the classic 1971 hit-man movie starring Michael Caine, and not a penny more.
Hodges made that surprising statement during Friday's pre-screening conversation with Maxim Jakubowski at Bristol's Arnolfini cultural center. He also said the many humorous touches in the otherwise bleak tale encouraged him in the making of his 1972 follow-up, Pulp
: "I really thought I would like to hear laughter."
Hodges said after a panel discussion today that yes, there had been pressure from producers and other heavies to have Michael Caine's title character walk away at the end of Get Carter
. But Hodges resisted, and Carter gets— but you'll have to watch the movie to see what happens.
© Peter Rozovsky 2010
Labels: conventions, Crimefest, Crimefest 2010, Crimefest 2015, Get Carter, Maxim Jakubowski, Mike Hodges, movies, Ted Lewis