15
1hr 33mins

Zero Hour is a series of screenings, discussions and public forums exploring the reality and potential future of work in Newcastle, the UK and beyond.

Ken Loach
15

As part of the Tyneside Cinema’s Zero Hour Season inspired by the release of Sorry We Missed You, join us for a screening of Ken Loach’s Riff Raff (1991) followed by a live discussion with Chi Onwurah (Labour MP for Newcastle Central) and Alison Dunn (Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Gateshead and Strategic Lead for Poverty and Inequality for Gateshead Council), moderated by Paul Sng (Director, Disposession: The Great Social Housing Swindle).

Taking in subjects such as pay, working conditions, housing, public services and Universal Credit, this event is presented in partnership with Citizens UK.


One of the great British films of the 1990s, Riff Raff is Ken Loach’s funny, deeply moving story of life on the economic margins stars Robert Carlyle as Stevie, a Glaswegian working on a London construction site, who begins a relationship with Susan (Emer McCourt), an aspiring singer. Their efforts to be together take place alongside the work on Stevie’s building site, where a luxury block of flats is being constructed in marked parallels with today, and where unsafe and insecure working conditions are the subject of worker unrest, particularly on the part of Stevie’s workmate Larry (Ricky Tomlinson), all of which leads to a tragic conclusion, in what is one of Ken Loach’s finest, most prescient films.


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