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Tyneside Cinema presents a special screening of The First Year, the Opening Night Film of the inaugural North East International Film Festival.

The First Year tells the inside story of Jamie Driscoll's first year as North of Tyne Mayor. It is a story of a nation in crisis, of a country at the crossroads, and how one man from the provinces bucked the national trend to become a self-declared Corbyn-supporting 'socialist in power'.

For the opening night of the NEIFF, the feature will be followed by an exclusive, live Q&A with director Ian McDonald and Jamie Driscoll, Mayor of North of the Tyne.

Ian McDonald
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The First Year tells the inside story of Jamie Driscoll’s first 12 months as the new North of Tyne Mayor. Jamie is not a typical politician.

In fact, this ex-martial arts instructor, doting father of two, and grassroots socialist activist, had only been a local councillor for one year prior to being elected as the first ever Mayor of a vast region covering 2,000 square miles and representing 880,000 people in the North East of England. 

With unique access to Jamie and his team, this observational documentary provides a wryly humorous take on what happens when an individual takes up political office.

And in a year dominated by Brexit, protests against Donald Trump’s visit to the UK, the rise of the youth climate change movement, the suspension of parliament, a General Election, and then Covid-19, Jamie’s first year as Mayor coincided with the most turbulent year in post-War British politics.

This screening will be preceded by a drinks reception sponsored by Newcastle University, taking place in the Digital Lounge at Tyneside Cinema from 5-6pm.

Those attending the screening are very welcome to attend this reception, although please be advised that capacity is limited and entry will be on a first come, first served basis.

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