I’m sure many of have had to endure pensioners going on about My Generation and the good old days. ‘Oh yes’, we say ‘the good old days when you could get polio, when you could let kids out on their own and never see them again, oh yes the good old days when you could leave your front door open and not be afraid of being burgled but only because you had nothing worth nicking, the good old days when every music hall comedian was a bigoted sex offender, the good old days when racism was seen as a bit of a laugh, oh yes the good old days when Soho was a seething hot bed of backstreet abortions, psychotic villains and illicit drinking dens, oh yes the good old days…..’ I do apoligize we seem to have run away with ourselves there…..
Anyway MY GENERATION, is the engaging and evocative documentary presented by Michael Caine (Alfie), which received its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and played to a sell-out audience at the 2017 BFI London Film Festival that coincided with his 85th birthday. Caine narrates and stars in ‘My Generation’, the vivid and inspiring story of his personal journey through 1960s London. Based on personal accounts and stunning archive footage this feature-length documentary film sees Caine travel back in time to talk to The Beatles, Twiggy, David Bailey, Mary Quant, The Rolling Stones, David Hockney and other star names.
The film has been painstakingly assembled over the last six years by Caine working with Producers Simon Fuller, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly writer/Producers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais and Director David Batty to tell the story of the birth of pop culture in London, through the eyes of the young Michael Caine: “For the first time in history the young working class stood up for ourselves and said, we’re here, this is our society and we’re not going away.
But My Generation reveals how he was lucky to secure his first big break in ‘Zulu’ (1966), and how many other seminal sixties figures had to fight just to be noticed. ‘My Generation’ uses carefully intercut audio of Caine’s conversations with his co-stars blended with unseen archive material to take the movie viewer back to the heart of the 1960s. In one poignant sequence we accompany Caine as he drives through Piccadilly Circus today overlaid with original 60s film to create a remarkable time travel effect.
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Here’s the trailer…..