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.