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Mike Hodges and Tony Garnett at Space

The latest Space event sponsored by Brighton Film School featured two key figures from the British film and TV industry, Mike Hodges and Tony Garnett.

Mike Hodges took the audience on a highly entertaining journey through his career, from his early days as a teleprompter until he directed his first feature, Suspect. Following that, Mike shared his experience of creating many more films ranging from Get Carter to 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. By contrast, 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 has produced many films that influenced social opinions and raised awareness of huge subjects, such as back street abortions, homelessness and schizophrenia. 'The magical thing about film is the empathy you feel because of the actor. It binds us together as the community, showing the audience things that they didn't know were happening.'

Tony is behind much of Britain’s best onscreen drama since the mid-sixties. He is the producer of the renowned British film Kes, directed by Ken Loach and released in 1969. He also produced the impactful BBC drama Cathy Come Home, which was broadcast in November 1966. 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.

Tony gave a passionate and thought-provoking insight into the beliefs that fuelled his filmmaking.

‘Film is a social achievement - everyone involved is working together towards a common goal.’


Brighton Film School is a specialist, independent training facility located in central Brighton. The school offers two 2-year HNC/HND (equivalent to the first two years of a degree) programmes in Filmmaking and Set Design for Film and TV, a third-year BA (Hons) Film Production Top-up Degree, as well as an industry recognised Cinematography and Directing Diploma and Set Design for Film and TV Diploma. Brighton Film School also offers evening classes inFilmmakingScreenwriting and Set Design, as well as courses for young filmmakers and Summer Schools.

For more information or to apply please visit www.brightonfilmschool.co.uk