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The Day The Music Died


Upcoming book launches, screenings and signings with Tony Garnett


Cinema of Dissent: Tony Garnett – The Day the Music Died
Sunday 30 October at 14:00

Tony Garnett is responsible for some of the most memorable television to appear on our screens.

Up the Junction, Cathy Come Home (screening Sun 30 Oct at 15:30) and This Life, amongst many others, were landmark dramas which changed the way television was made and, in some cases, changed society.

Garnett, now 80, tells for the first time how he became one of the most influential figures in television, and reveals the family tragedies that shaped his remarkable body of work. He presents an evocative portrait of working class life in Birmingham in the forties and fifties and of Leftist London in the swinging sixties and seventies, and a wry look at the harsh realities of working in British television and in Hollywood.

There’s much to discuss too about families and communities, social mobility and the contemporary state of TV

Tickets are available on the Watershed website


Screening: Cathy Come Home
Friday 9 December at 17:00
National Theatre

Event Details to be confirmed. Watch this space!

Tickets are available on the National Theatre website


Cathy Come Home: 50th Anniversary Screening
Sunday 13 November 2016 at 13:00

The Public Health Film Society, in association with Public Health England, the journal Architecture_Media, Politics and Society (AMPS), and The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH) are hosting a FREE screening of Cathy Come Home on the 50th Anniversary of this influential film.

Please join us for the screening and panel discussion on housing and health, and the the continuing relevance of Cathy. Our guest speakers include:

    • Tony Garnett (Producer, Writer)
    • Graham Cairns (Architect/ Author, Director of AMPS)
    • Professor Elleke Boehmer (Director of TORCH)Professor John Ashton (Former President UK Faculty of Public Health)

Tickets: Free

Tickets are available on the Public Health Films website


Up the Junction and Other Works: Tony Garnett
Tuesday 1 November at 19:00
Off the Shelf: Festival of Words

Distinguished film producer Tony Garnett talks about his memoir The Day the Music Died,which looks at his life and the influences and ideas that have shaped his career in film and television production. His work, always radical and confrontational, engaging with controversial social and political topics, includes Cathy Come Home , Kes and TV series This Life amongst many others. The talk will be followed by a screening of Up the Junction.
Tickets can also be booked at SIV Tickets by telephone 0114 22 33 777 or purchased in person at the box office in Sheffield City Hall, Barkers Pool, S1.
Tickets available on the door subject to availability.

Tickets are available on the Off the Shelf website

2017 Events


Film Director Mike Hodges & Producer Tony Garnett
Tuesday 17 January at 19:30


Mike Hodges is best known as the director of the films Get Carter and Flash Gordon. Released in 1971 and starring Michael Caine, the crime thriller Get Carter is one of the most critically successful British films of all time. Mike also wrote its screenplay. 1980’s Flash Gordon is a highly popular camp and colourful classic science-fiction adventure. His other films, as a director or screenwriter, include Pulp, also starring Michael Caine, The Terminal Man, based on Michael Crichton’s novel, and Croupier, starring Clive Owen and Alex Kingston. Mike’s work also includes a wide range of acclaimed television thrillers.


Tony Garnett is behind much of Britain’s best onscreen drama since the mid-sixties. He is the producer of Kes, one of the most renowned British films ever, which was directed by Ken Loach and released in 1969. He also produced the impactful BBC drama Cathy Come Home. Broadcast in November 1966, it dramatically raised the issue of homelessness. A previous acting career lead to his long association with Ken Loach as producer and initially as story editor on The Wednesday Play. Later film credits include Julien Temple’s Earth Girls Are Easy. Tony went on to produce the popular TV dramas Between the Lines and This Life.

Tickets are available on The Space website



2 Responses so far.

  1. Lee Rolf says:
    Any book book launches in Brighton ..

    Lee Rolf.

  2. Peter griffiths says:
    Your films had a huge impact on me. Many thanks!