During the 1960s, London was the most happening place in the world to be. The swinging sixties, which was in many ways a reaction to the post-war conservatism of the previous decade, saw the establishment rocked to the core by a wave of new music, film, art and fashion. For the first time working-class youth were able to make their voices heard. Young people had role models they could recognise, aspire to emulate and relate to.
One of the most iconic faces from that era was undoubtedly Michael Caine. The son of a fish market porter and charwoman, Maurice Joseph Micklewhite brought his distinctive cockney accent into a world of received pronunciation. He’s our host for My Generation, the new documentary from David Batty which looks back at one of the most exciting and liberating periods in modern British history. A time when young people in the capital threw off the shackles and embraced hedonism, adventure and the unknown.
My Generation is a rampant and racy portrait of a time full of opportunity and hope. Along with some stunning archive footage and interviews, Caine tracks down many of the key players (including David Bailey, Paul McCartney, Mary Quant, Twiggy, Roger Daltry) to reminisce and discuss what made the era so influential and pivotal. My Generation is an exhilarating rollercoaster ride through the British pop culture of the sixties.
My Generation is available on digital download now, and released on DVD and Blu-ray by Lionsgate Home Entertainment UK on 28 May.