Film review by Janine Kitson
9th October 2018 – Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas
Without a doubt this lively documentary is a snapshot in time of the swinging 1960’s London. If only I were living there instead of the 80’s as it represented a time of radical change in the arts world. The boundless energy of youth challenged traditions and British class system like no other.
Under the Directing of David Batty, Michael Caine (born Maurice Micklewhite) undoubtedly is one of Britain’s legendary acclaimed Actors and his narration of the inspiring story of the 1960’s pop culture explosion alongside Paul McCartney (The Beatles), Twiggy, David Bailey, Joan Collins, Roger Daltrey and references to Mary Quant, The Rolling Stones and David Hockney plus many more; it leaves one admiring the determination of the working class and their statement for change and acceptance in an elitist society.
With reference to over 1,600 hours of footage and 50 interviews, Michael Caine, with his working class background, cockney accent and no nonsense approach, skillfully takes us on a tour into the world of photography, music, fashion, art, drugs and social revolution during the swinging 60’s.
As a child born in the mid 60’s into a middleclass, hills township, can remember my mother wearing short hand knitted mini dresses … never really appreciated how radical that must have been. “My Generation” left a feeling of gratitude and enforced the need for society to remain open minded and accept change; after all, change is a constant thing we experience in life.
“For the first time in history the young working class stood up for ourselves and said we’re here, this is our society ad we’re not going away” – Caine