ICE Public Event: 19th October 2016

In Conversation with Tony Garnett

ICE welcomes Tony Garnett, the Tv / Film producer, director and writer, whose memoir ‘The Day The Music Died: A Life Lived Behind The Lens‘ was recently published.

Watch the conversation here: YouTube

Described by Mark Thompson, previously the BBC’s Director General, as ‘simply the best thedaythemusicdied_hb_fronttelevision drama creator and producer there has ever been’, Tony Garnett’s career includes Cathy Come Home, BBC Wednesday Plays, Kes, Days of Hope, Beautiful Thing, This Life amongst a host of other drama productions.

His book includes memories of growing up in working class Birmingham during the 1940s and 50s, as well as accounts, against a backdrop of ‘sixties counterculture, of clashes with BBC and film executives as he battled to make films that were thought too controversial – films about police corruption and psychiatrists’ cruelty, films advocating abortion law reform, films about the homeless and the waste of young people in poor schools.

Tony Garnett will be in conversation with film producer and Professor, Roger Shannon.
He will read from his memoir and sign copies. Organised in collaboration with Constable, the event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.


Tony Garnett and ICE Director, Prof Roger Shannon

Date: Wednesday 19th October 2016

5.30pm Registration and Refreshments
6.00pm Event Start
7.30pm Book Signing in the foyer (copies will be available £15 each, limited stock, cash only)

Venue: Creative Edge (building 25 on the Map) at Edge Hill University (Directions)

Registration: closed

Tony Garnett ©Helen Warner

Tony Garnett ©Helen Warner

Tony was born in Birmingham and read psychology at University College, London where he spent most of his time acting in the Drama Society and on TV.  Describing himself as a Jack of all trades, helping to make dramatic fiction for the screen, Tony has had a prestigious and varied career as an actor, script editor, screenwriter, director and producer. He has spent his life telling other people’s stories. Now, for the first time, Tony will tell his own in his memoir. Honest, moving and passionate, The Day the Music Died is a life dedicated to the truth.

Tony began his television career in his twenties as an actor, appearing in The Boys and a wide selection of TV dramas including Z Cars.  From 1964 to 1969 he worked on The Wednesday Play and produced many films for television includingCathy Come Home. He continued his collaboration with Ken Loach with The big Flame, After a Lifetime, Family Life, Days of Hope and The Price of Coal. He also produced and co-wrote Kes, from Barry Hines’ book A Kestrel for a Knave.

In addition he introduced Mike Leigh with Hard Labour, GF Newman with Law and Order and Roland Joffe’s first film, The Spongers.

He produced, wrote and directed Prostitute in 1979 and Handgun in 1981. Working in Hollywood in the Eighties he produced work as varied as Earth Girls are Easy, the Sesame Street film Follow That Bird and Fat Man and Little Boy (AKA The Shadowmakers), starring Paul Newman and directed by Roland Joffe.

In 1990 he returned to the UK , bringing to the screen many single films and drama series, including Ballykissangel, Between the Lines and This Life.

He has also had a prestigious academic career and did five years as Professor of Media Arts at Royal Holloway College,  University of London, with honorary doctorates from Reading and Birmingham universities.

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