About

Gary Alikivi is a Documentary Film Maker based in Tyneside, UK with 30 years experience. His commissioned work includes producing information and promotional films for charities and councils. His self financed work started with making music video’s in the late 90’s.

Local media The Shields Gazette described him as a prolific film maker. He has produced over 20 documentaries including ‘Wildflower‘ about South Shields born Eileen O’Shaughnessy, wife of George Orwell and ‘Little Ireland’ about Irish immigration into Jarrow. His most recent works are two documentaries about the life of author & artist Baron Avro Manhattan, and Russian author Yevgeny Zamyatin. Check the Alikivi You Tube channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkW7F_6t-GNVMCYLT4BNHfg

Titles include Trading Places, War Stories, Shiels, Skuetenders, 100 Thousand Reasons, Theatre of the Ordinary, We Sold Our Soul for Rock n Roll, The Butchers of Bolingbroke and more.

Currently working on a series of video stories around his home area South Tyneside. Also available for video commissions  and written life stories. This blog features interviews with musicians, artists and writers and includes stories on making  the documentaries. gary-wilkinson-copy-2

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REVIEWS:  BARE TEETH (ep) – LOWFEYE (album).

DOCUMENTARIES: SECRETS & LIES (Baron Avro Manhattan) – WESTOE ROSE (Amy Flagg) – ZAMYATIN, The Russia – Tyneside Connection – ON THE FRONT LINE (Miners strike 84-85) – LITTLE IRELAND (Jarrow – Irish immigration) – SKUETENDERS (Lawe Top, South Shields) – TYNE DOCK BORDERS (South Shields) – WE SOLD OUR SOUL FOR ROCK N ROLL (Tyneside rock music).

INTERVIEWS: AIDAN DOYLE (Artist) – BLAST (North East recording studio) – COLIN SMOULT (Sound & Lighting Engineer) – DAVID G.WILKINSON (Artist) – GARNER HARRIS (Creative Seed) – IAN PENMAN (Ravendale – Music journalist, Broadcaster) – PAR CAN (Tech/Stage Crew) – PETER MITCHELL (Writer & TV Producer) – RAY SPENCER M.B.E (Director, The Customs House) –  SALLY NEWHOUSE (Rock photographer) – SHEILA GRABER (Animater) – SIMON DONALD (VIZ magazine) – STEVE THOMPSON (Songwriter & Neat records producer) – UNIFIED MEDIA (Film Makers).

BIG MOUTH STRIKES:  PYROMANIAX – IT’S ONLY ROCK N ROLL – LET THE MUSIC DO THE TALKING – NEW GANG IN TOWN  HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE ? – 1980 THE YEAR METAL FORGED ON TYNESIDE – ROKSNAPS #1, #2, #3, #4, #5  – METAL ON THE MENU (Roksnax album) – GUARDIAN RECORDING STUDIO #1 Tygers of Pan Tang, #2 Spartan Warrior, #3 Steve Thompson – ROCKIN’ ALL OVER THE TOON (David Morton, The Chronicle) – ROCKIN’ ALL OVER THE TOON AGAIN (David Morton, The Chronicle) – NEAT BITES (Tyneside record label).

VINYL JUNKIES: 7 songs that shaped their world – NEIL ARMSTRONG – WILL BINKS – JOHN HESTON – MARTIN POPOFF – COLIN SMOULT – NEIL NEWTON – TONY HIGGINS – VINCE HIGH – JON DALTON – GARY PAYNE.

UK MUSIC FEATURES – 

FOLK/BLUES/ROCK/PROG:

BECKETT  – BEN HUDSON – BERNIE TORME – BIGFOOT – CELIA BRYCE – DAVE DITCHBURN (Brass Alley/Geordie) – DAVE TAGGART (Danceclass) – HATS OFF GENTLEMEN IT’S ADEQUATE – HAYLEY ELLEN – HOWARD BAKER (Warbeck) – IAN SLATER (Babysnakes) – JEN STEVENS – MICHAEL McNALLY – MICKY KERRIGAN (Stuckfish) -NICK REEVES – PISTON – TERRY & GERRY – TONY WILSON – TREVOR SEWELL.

PUNK:

ANGELIC UPSTARTS – CALLING ALL ASTRONAUTS – CAROL NICHOL (Lowfeye/The Relitics) – CRASHED OUT – DANNY McCORMACK (The Main Grains/ The Wildhearts) – DECONTROL – HI-FI SPITFIRES – JAZZ RIOT – LAST GREAT DREAMERS – LOWFEYE – MOND COWIE (former Angelic Upstarts) – NEIL NEWTON (Angelic Upstarts) – PHANTOMS of the UNDERGROUND – STEVE JAMES (The Fiend/ Warwound)  STEVE KINCAIDE (The Bastard Sons of Cavan) – UK SUBS – WAVIS O’SHAVE.

METAL:

ANTONY BRAY (Venom Inc) – ANTTON LANT (Def Con One/Venom) – ATOMKRAFT – AVENGER UK – BERNADETTE MOONEY (War Machine) – BLITZKRIEG – CLOVEN HOOF – DARK HEART – DARK RITES – DAVID WILKINSON (Spartan Warrior) – DEALER – DESOLATION ANGELS  – ED THOMAS (Gunslinger) – FIST – GLENN S.HOWES (Fist/Blitzkreig) – GOLD – HOLLOW GROUND.

JAGUAR – JOHN HOPPER (Slutt) – JOHN VERITY (Phoenix/Argent) – KAINE – KAT GILLHAM (Lucifers Chalice/Winds of Genocide) – KEV CHARLTON (Hellanbach/ Bessie & the Zinc Buckets) – LOU TAYLOR (Saracen/Blind Fury).

MARK WOODHOUSE (White Vice)  – MICHAEL McCRYSTAL (Tygers of Pan Tang)  – MICHAEL MAUGHAN (Phasslayne) – MILLENNIUM – MYTHRA – NEV LARKIN (Marauder) – OBSIDIAN – OLIVER/DAWSON SAXON – OVERDRIVE  – PAUL DI’ANNO (ex Iron Maiden/Battlezone).

RAVEN – REPULSIVE VISION – ROBB WEIR (Tygers of Pan Tang) – THE ROOM – SALEM – SATAN – SAVAGE – SNATCH BACK – SOLDIER – SPARTAN WARRIOR – STEVE DAWSON (The Animals/ Saracen) – TAROT – THUNDERSTICK (Samson).

TOKYO BLADE – TROYEN – TYGERS OF PAN TANG – TYSONDOG – TYTAN – VENOM INC – VIIXEN – WARFARE – WARRIOR – WEAPON UK .

REST of the WORLD:

ADORN THE WICKED (USA rock) – ANGELS WHISPER (Luxembourg, rock) – ANVIL (Canadian Metal) – BARE TEETH (French pop punk) – BODO SCHOPF (German metal/MSG/Pendulum of Fortune) – BREAKY BOXES (Frenck folk-rock) COVEN (Japanese Metal) – GREG REKUS (Canadian folk/punk) – HIGHTOWER (French pop/punk) – MARTYR (Dutch metal)  RICKY MARX (Denmark, Now or Never/ex Pretty Maids) – MOB RULES (German metal) – MR.MYST (Belgian rock) – THE ROCKET (Belgian punk) – RYAN HAMILTON & THE TRAITORS (USA rock) – SEPTEMBER AGAIN (French rock) – STUPID KARATE (French pop/punk) – TENTATION (French heavy metal) – UPSIDE DOWN (Spanish pop punk) – WILDHEART (Belgium glam/metal).