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.

As part of the Tyneside Cinema’s Zero Hour season inspired by the release of Ken Loach’s film Sorry We Missed You, we explore the history of fragile labour and insecure work in Newcastle and the North East, from cycles of casual work to the emergence of new forms of labour in the aftermath of industry.


Join us for a screening of a series of archive films from the North East Film Archive exploring various forms of insecure or disappearing forms of work in Newcastle and the North East, including Tom Pickard’s 1987 film We Make Ships, about the disappearance of the shipyards; Doing Our Bit, which details unemployment relief efforts in 1930s Middlesbrough; and films detailing the end of the Consett Steelworks.

Afterwards we will be joined by guests including Tom Pickard (filmmaker and poet), Dr Alison Atkinson-Phillips and Dr Andy King  (Oral History Unit, Newcastle University), Dr Ben Lamb (Teesside University), and Ted Cuskin (former shipyard worker and social worker). The discussion will be moderated by Julie Ballands (North East Film Archive).

In the process this panel will explore the history of insecure work in Newcastle and the North East, comparing these historic forms of fragile labour to the gig economy jobs of today.

This screening is brought to you in partnership with the North East Film Archive, as part of the North East on Film project, and is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


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