My Generation

David Batty - United Kingdom 2018 - 85 min.

Saturday 12/01 18:45 Principal Theater

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The film tells the vivid and inspiring story of the pop culture explosion in 1960s through the eyes of Britain’s greatest living movie actor. Michael Caine introduces the film in the buttoned up, monochrome heart of London at the start of the 1960s, in a world blighted by economic hardship with WW2 rationing having ended only six years earlier. In 1960s London a new generation has come of age. They’re energised, rebellious and hopeful, and it’s these young men and women, particularly the working classes, that were to have a huge impact on popular culture as barriers collapsed and the world headed into the most tumultuous decade of the century. Michael Caine, aged 27 in 1960, was a rising star of British film and a young man about to walk into the perfect storm. With a twinkle in his eye, he explains how he changed his name to land acting work. The documentary transforms into glorious technicolour as the cultural revolution gathers momentum and we’re enveloped in the kinetic, joyful world of London in the mid-1960s, Beatlemania, mini-skirts and pop art, an era marked by the rise of the first star photographers, film makers and advertisers, creative people who embrace the exploding world of mass media with astonishing results. The era comes to life as we listen to Caine in conversation with 1960s stars from The Who and The Beatles, Twiggy, Marianne Faithfull and Mary Quant, alongside contributions from creative icons including David Hockney, Brian Duffy, Barbara Hulanicki (BIBA), Jean Shrimpton, Keith Richards and David Bailey. ‘My Generation’ features new and original scenes of Caine visiting his old haunts in the West End, The Kings Road, along the river Thames and to the legendary Leicester Square nightclub The Ad Lib where the Beatles and the Rolling Stones would take to the dance floor and where Rudolph Nureyev learned how to do the twist. They’re interwoven with never-before-seen-footage of Bailey shooting Jean Shrimpton, Vidal Sassoon explaining his innovative hairstyles, Mary Quant cutting fabric, David Hockney creating his art and most poignantly the Rolling Stones preparing for their historic Hyde Park concert, in the days fol-lowing the tragic death of their guitarist Brian Jones.

David Batty
United Kingdom
85 min.
Original language:
David Bailey, Michael Caine, Joan Collins, Roger Daltrey, Dudley Edwards, Marianne Faithfull, Bárbara Hulanicki, Lulu, Paul McCartney, Terry O'Neill, David Puttnam, Mary Quant, Sandie Shaw, Penelope Tree, Twiggy
Film company:
Sixty Six Pictures, XIX Entertainment