Sorry for the lack of blog activity guys. The last two months have been ruddy hectic with filming and writing missions. It’s been a lot of fun, and sometimes quite emotional. Like on the very stormy wet day of 7th September.
Whilst filming a Discovery Channel documentary with Bullseye TV (www.bullseyetv.co.uk) I travelled up to Gateshead to help dismantle a special car park. Probably the most famous carpark in cinema history, in fact. It was a sad day, as I’d always wanted to see the Get Carter car park, and on this day it was under the wrong circumstances. We were filming some of the demolition heavy plant being used to pull down the Brutalist concrete multi-storey that made the silver screen alongside Michael Caine in 1971. In 2004 Total Film called Get Carter the greatest British film of any genre, ever. Oof.
You can see from the camera phone pics that the building was being nibbled down carefully, so as not to cause concern with neighbouring houses and businesses. No explosives were used, and almost anything of significance on the building had been looted by trophy hunters. I tried to take home one of the surviving ticket machines but they were too heavy. I didn’t see Michael Caine anywhere.
By the time you read this the area will be rubble, preparing for new owners Tesco to start erecting another cut-and-paste superstore. As fugly as Owen Luder’s concrete creation was, it was radical. It was distinctive and it got people talking. I can’t help thinking that in 20-odd years time we will miss this and wish, just like tudor houses, thatched cottages and Georgian townhouses, that it should be preserved.
R.I.P Carter Carpark.