Directed By

Sydney Hayers


Payroll stars Michael Craig (Sea of Sand, Mysterious Island) and Billie Whitelaw (The Krays, Hot Fuzz).

Traversing the criminal underworld of the north-east of England some ten years before Get Carter, Johnny Mellor’s band of ruthless criminals attempt to get away with murder, but as the police close in, the gang begins to fall apart, with each member seeking a way out – and in their panic, no one realizes there is one adversary they have all overlooked.

Payroll was one of the first films to be set and shot in and around Newcastle Upon Tyne and Gateshead and offers audiences a gritty and realistic glimpse into the area in the early 1960’s.

Michael Craig , Francoise Prevost, Billie Whitelaw
Release Date
13 July 2015
  • New Introduction by Steve Chibnall (Professor of British Cinema, De Montfort University, Leicester)
  • English SDH
Restoration Details

The Digital Film restoration was funded by STUDIOCANAL in collaboration with the BFI’s Unlocking Film Heritage programme (awarding funds from the National Lottery).


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