Sunday 24th March sees a FREE screening of Sir Cliff Richard’s, Birmingham based, feature length musical Take Me High for the finale of the weekend Art Soak programme. Filmed in the Birmingham city centre in the early 1970s the movie is a fantastic time capsule of an ever changing city landscape that takes viewers back to the days before the trendy wine bars and restaurants arrived in Brindleyplace.
If you have been on the TV & Film tour of Birmingham you will already know that tales of Take Me High are featured in a number of key locations along the tour route, including Victoria Square, Gas Street and Alpha Tower.
If you can get along to watch this enjoyable dose of 1970s pop ‘cheese’ in all its glory then be sure to look out for Cliff reading map of Birmingham really badly while ironically belting out a song called ‘Winning’ before finally arriving at a very different looking Gas Street to the one you will know today. You can also catch a very quick glimpse of the splendid architecture of the Church of the Messiah on Broad Street which stood (demolished in 1978) above the canal at Gas Street near the end of the movie.
Don’t even think about sneaking out before the final credits either, as the final aerial panning shot from the peak of Alpha Tower reveals a very different view of Birmingham as it looked almost 40 years ago, and it’s well worth the wait.
Presented by Stirchley Happenings’ Travelling Bug House, Take Me High can be seen at 8pm at TASCOS, Hazelwell Street, Stirchley, B30 2PR.