Norwich cinemas hosting Q&A with Michael Caine about his swinging sixties film
PUBLISHED: 11:36 16 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:41 05 March 2018
My Generation sees the British film icon take a personal journey to remember his rise to fame in 1960s London and talks to other leading figures in the pop culture revolution of the decade.
A live Q&A with film legend Michael Caine is coming to Norwich cinemas following a screening of swinging sixties documentary My Generation, which he narrates and stars in.
The film has been assembled over the last six years by Caine working with producer Simon Fuller, renowned screen writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais and director David Batty to tell the story of the birth of pop culture in London.
The period is seen 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,” he is seen declaring.
The actor became a global movie star during the 1960s after starring roles in films such as Alfie (1964), The Italian Job (1969) and Battle of Britain (1969).
But My Generation, which uses a mix of personal accounts and archive footage, reveals how he was lucky to secure his first big break in 1966’s Zulu, and how many other seminal 60s figures had to fight just to be noticed.
Other stars of the period interviewed in the film include Paul McCartney, Twiggy, David Bailey, Mary Quant, The Rolling Stones and David Hockney.
Caine’s conversations with his co-stars are blended with unseen archive material to offer a glimpse back to the heady days of the 1960s. In one poignant sequence Caine is seen driving through Piccadilly Circus today overlaid with original 60s film to create a time travel effect.
The film will be launched with special screenings followed by a Q&A with Michael Caine and director David Batty, moderated by Edith Bowman, broadcast live via satellite from BFI Southbank to cinemas including in Norwich and Bury St Edmunds.
David Batty said: “The film is about that 60s revolution in London that still reverberates today. How Michael and his friends led the charge against the dead hand of Britain’s class-ridden establishment and in so doing created a new pop culture.
“It’s not just the songs, the films, the design, the photography, it’s also the freedom to challenge elitist hypocrisy, the opportunity to create your own moral code, the inspiration to be whoever you want whatever your background. Thanks to him and his likes, both my parents broke their working class shackles and gave me a better life.”
• The film is also showing without the Q&A at Norwich Vue and at Aldeburgh Cinema.
• More about the film My Generation