A powerful, experimental feature film juxtaposing political drama and challenging interviews with T Dan Smith and other key figures associated with his controversial reign as Leader of Newcastle City Council in the 1960s.
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Credited cast:
T. Dan Smith ...
Himself
Arthur Davies ...
Alan Deal (as Art Davies)
Dave Hill ...
Jack Cross
Murray Martin ...
Murray
Christopher Northey ...
Jeremy Haudsley-Long
Steve Trafford ...
Steve
Harry Herring ...
Councillor Albert
Cilla Mason ...
Councillor Edith
Elizabeth Mansfield ...
Newscaster
Ralph Nossek ...
Home Secretary
Ray Stubbs ...
Reseident and Paper Seller
Amber Styles ...
Cleaner
Kay Wight ...
Alan Deal's wife
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Johnston ...
Himself
Dennis Skinner ...
Himself
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An experimental mix of thriller and documentary, subtitled A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Utopia, the film explores the scandal that centred on the 1960s Leader of Newcastle City Council, The Mouth of the Tyne, who was sentenced to five years imprisonment in 1971 for corruption. Undoubtedly a dynamic and visionary politician, Smith handled the Public Relations affairs of architect John Poulson, who won building design contracts by bribing City Councillors. Made over a two year period, in close collaboration with Smith himself, it reveals a complex depth to the man, and raises questions about PR, parliamentary consultancies, and the hidden, informal power structure that ties in businessmen with politicians, both local and national. Two journalists interview Smith and other key players, exploring and interrogating the story of the Trotskyists in Newcastle City Council, the claims of MI5 collusion, cover-up for cabinet ministers and the unseen role of the Privy Council as a power ... Written by Amber Films

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Utopia

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