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In conjunction with the Whitley Bay Film Festival, the Playhouse will be screening the gritty British thriller Payroll, proving indefinitely that the north east crime film was not inaugurated by Get Carter.

The film follows the classic heist plot: a gang of hoodlums carry out an audacious daytime robbery of a security van but things go seriously wrong, causing their situations to rapidly spiral out of control. William Lucas stars as an informant for the aforementioned gang amid pressure to support his wife, played by French actress Françoise Prévost, who demands a higher standard of living.

The action takes place in and around iconic locations in both Newcastle and Tynemouth, taking in the Tyne Bridge to the sweeping shots of North East coastline. The screening promises to give audiences a real sense of what 1960s Tyneside looked like. Although it is a stark and paranoid depiction of early 60s England, it’s delivered with perfect pace and cool underpinned throughout by an impeccable jazz score from Reg Owen.

Following the huge success of Tommy, which saw a special guest appearance from Roger Daltrey, the festival has gone from strength to strength boasting an extremely diverse collection of screenings from Hollywood blockbusters to films that have a real local resonance.

Payroll comes to Playhouse, Whitley Bay on Sunday 30th August.

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