1hr 30mins

Workers! is a documentary film made by Swedish artist Petra Bauer and SCOT-PEP, a sex worker-led organisation in Scotland.


Workers! was filmed in the Scottish Trade Union Congress, a building rooted in workers’ struggles for rights and political representation. During their one-day occupation of this institution, conversations unfold that centre the voices of sex workers demanding to be seen as experts on their own labour and lives. The collective approach developed for Workers! is inspired by feminist film practitioners who emphasise the importance of making films with their subjects, not about them. 

This event will be the first screening of the film in England, and will be accompanied by an evening of conversation between artists, scholars and activists on the subjects of sex work, documentary aesthetics and activism. Central to Workers! is an exploration of film and the cinema space as a site of political engagement and negotiation.

The live discussion will engage with the potential role of film and creative practice in activism and civil rights discourses. A discussion between the filmmakers and audience will be facilitated by Victoria Horne, an art historian who specialises in the cultural and intellectual history of feminism, and Workers! Producer Frances Stacey.  

About the contributors

Petra Bauer is an artist, filmmaker and Professor at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. 

SCOT-PEP is a registered charity dedicated to the promotion of sex workers’ rights, safety, and health.

Victoria Horne is a Senior Lecturer in Art and Design History at Northumbria University.

Frances Stacey is a Curator and Producer based in Newcastle. Since 2013 she has worked for visual art organisation Collective in Edinburgh.

This is event is part of the Zero Hour season at Tyneside Cinema.

This event was selected from the Projections Open Call and is part of Projections, a programme of artist film at Tyneside Cinema. Find out more here.


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