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Re-make of Get Carter is under way in Newcastle - how to be part of new film shoot (with a difference); Artist is recreating key scenes from the 1971 crime classic and you too could star in a scene.

Byline: Barbara Hodgson

Geordie classic Get Carter was famously made on a tight budget in a fast and furious shoot lasting just 40 days.

That was in 1971 as first-time director Mike Hodges and newly-established star Michael Caine took over streets, back lanes and clubs aroundNewcastleand Gateshead to film a grim tale of murder, corruption, porn and drugs.

And the result was an edgy, grittily-realistic thriller which almost half a century on remains a crime classic.

Now the film is being re-made - or at least key scenes from it - on a rather tighter budget - and local passers-by might well find themselves with a starring role.

Artist Richard DeDomenici runs The Redux Project which is all about making low-budget shot-for-shot movie remakes.

His quirky project started by "mistake", he said, after finding his remade scenes from a rom-com won better reviews than the original film.

The idea snowballed and he's now completed 60 films - made at their original locations around the world - in a bid, he claims, to de-stabilise Hollywood.

And set to bring a smile to Geordies' faces is his decision - inspired by theGreat Exhibition of the North- to revisit Get Carter: a favourite film of his.

Get Carter Redux is now part of the Great Exhibition programme and he and his Michael Caine lookalike got to work on it on Friday, June 22: the day of the launch of the event which will be celebrating northern achievement throughout the summer.

And the Exhibition's lengthy run gives Richard double the original shoot time to play with over the next 80 days.

The first day of work involved a re-shoot of Get Carter's iconic chase scene which saw Michael Caine careering down steps towards Newcastle Quayside. And the result was impressive.

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Over coming weeks Richard will be staging reenactments of other central scenes, shot with the help of "a cheap camera" and lots of inspirational thinking which can often involve recruiting passers-by as characters and borrowing period clothing from vintage shops.

As for the film's famous scene set on the top floor ofGateshead's now-demolished multi-storey car park, Richard no doubt will be putting his thinking cap on but he reckons he may assemble enough commemorative pieces left over from its demolition to construct a replacement.

Anyone actively wanting to become involved in what's billed as the "unpredictable, mischievous and risky new take on the Tyneside classic" can email with their personal details, such as height and headshot or a passport photograph, and a contact number.

The deadline for applicants, who must be available to work around Newcastle and Gateshead in the first week of September, is July 31.


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Michael Caine during shooting of Get Carter: Get Carter Redux is out to re-shoot key scenes from the 1971 film

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Get Carter Redux is out to re-shoot key scenes from the 1971 film - but the lack of a car park may prove an issue

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Publication:The Chronicle (Newscastle upon Tyne, England)
Date:Jun 25, 2018
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