Mike Hodges

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Mike Hodges

Mike Hodges was born in Bristol, UK. As a television producer in the 1960s, he was invited to join the investigative programme World in Action. This took him to the US, covering the 1964 presidential election, and that same year to the war in Vietnam.

He produced and sometimes directed the arts programmes Tempo and New Tempo. He is perhaps best-known for his work in cinema and television, including: Get Carter, Suspect, Rumour, The Manipulators, Pulp, The Terminal Man, Flash Gordon, A Prayer for the Dying, Morons from Outer Space, Florida Straits, Black Rainbow, Croupier, and I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead.


Interviewed 21 November 2018

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Unexpected. Embattled. Fulfilled. Now it’s just me and my laptop.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

Sunlight hitting the window. Towering ash trees swaying in a breeze. Goldfinches picking seeds from a bush. Oil painting of one of my five grandchildren. Photos of my two adult sons. Some of my pastel works. 

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Two boiled eggs (five minutes); toast; butter. Pepper, salt and bib

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

John Gray, Janet Malcolm, Dave Eggers, Melania Trump, John Crace, Charlie Brooker, “Aleks” Krotoski

Six things you can't live without ...

My partner, my car (we live in the middle of a farm), red wine, spectacles, medication, television.

Five favourite words ...

Any five words I don’t recognise. The joy of tracing them is unsurpassable.

Four places you'd run away to ...

Travel today reminds me of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. It’s designed for zombies. One – only one – idiot hides explosive material in his heel, tries to light it with a match, and all the world’s travellers have to remove their shoes for security. Crazy! Try keeping your balance and your trousers up when you’re 86 while removing your shoes and your belt. Flying is for the birds. 

Three books you've bought recently ...

A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman
The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder
From Bacteria to Bach And Back Again by Daniel C Dennett

Two things that make you rant ...

Now my biggest rant is that you’ve only allowed me TWO!

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Contrary to all you’re told life is a very messy business.