Aug 14 2015

Film: Payroll (1961) at Playhouse Whitley Bay, 30 Aug


After the huge success of ‘TOMMY’ with special guest appearance from Roger Daltrey, we are excited to announce the next instalment from Whitley Bay Film Festival will be on the 30th August in the form of the crime drama Payroll which was filmed in the Newcastle, Gateshead, Tynemouth and Seaton Sluice.

Gritty north east crime films didn’t start with Get Carter, Payroll, a superb British thriller filmed around iconic locations in Newcastle and Tynemouth from 1960. From the moment the blag starts on The Tyne bridge, the tension mounts.

Michael Craig & Billie Whitelaw star in this classic heist movie. A gang of hoodlums carry out an audacious daytime robbery of a security van but things go seriously amiss. The stakes are dramatically raised when a
security man is murdered.  Things rapidly spiral out of control.

Although the film is a stark and paranoid depiction of early 1960s England, it’s delivered with perfect pace and cool. The action is nonstop and the film is underpinned throughout by the hippest Brit Jazz score from Reg Owen.  Payroll is a compelling ride with great local resonance.

Tickets for the film screening are priced at £5 and available to purchase now.

Tickets are available from the Box Office open Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10.30am -2.30pm plus until show start on event days. Tickets can also be purchased on the booking hotline 0844 248 1588 or online at


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