Zero Hour

Zero Hour: The Future of Work in Newcastle & Beyond

Inspired by the release of Sorry We Missed You, Zero Hour is a series of screenings, discussions, public forums and art exhibition exploring the reality and future of work in Newcastle, the UK and beyond.


Ken Loach and Paul Laverty return to Newcastle and revisit the themes of I, Daniel Blake for their latest film, Sorry We Missed You. An account of the gig economy, zero hours contracts and devastating cuts to the UK care system and their tragic effects on a working family, the film promises to provoke public debate on the modern face of work and poverty and life on the margins of austerity Britain.

Alongside the release of the film, Tyneside Cinema presents Zero Hour, a series of screenings, discussions and public forums exploring the reality and potential future of work in Newcastle, the UK and beyond. Accompanied by an exhibition of paintings by artist Aidan Doyle.

To discuss the reality of modern work security, how the gig economy is changing female labour, the rising use of food banks, and much more

Tickets to all events are £6, with £1 tickets available to the unwaged, refugees and asylum seekers. To find out more about our £1 ticket scheme and to donate to our Pay it Forward Campaign, supported by Ken Loach, click here. Details about the Aidan Doyle exhibition, taking place at the Tyneside Pop Up Film School can be viewed here.

The Gig Economy: Sorry We Missed You + Live Discussion

Sun 3 Nov, 15:00

Join Tyneside Cinema for the first event in its Zero Hour Season. Join us for a screening of Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You, followed by a live discussion with representatives of IWGB (Independent Workers Group of Great Britain), the union representing may of the zero-hours contract workers in the UK.

Click to view Sorry We Missed You + Discussion

The Creative Gig Economy Forum

Tue 5 Nov, 18:00

Join us for a free event exploring the issue of insecure work in the arts. Involving freelance artists, creatives and culture sector workers alongside arts organisations, strategic bodies and funders, we welcome a panel to present their thoughts on the nature of arts and culture freelancing, and the risks and benefits of the ‘gig work’ model as the dominant mode of employment in the cultural sector.

Click here to view The Creative Gig Economy Forum

PROJECTIONS: Solidarity: Lucy Parker and Mohaan Biswas

Thu 7 Nov, 20:30

Blacklisting, the secretive practice by which trade unionists and activists are labelled ‘troublemakers’ and denied employment, has decimated the careers and lives of thousands of workers across the UK. In Solidarity, artist Lucy Parker’s first feature-length film, blacklisted construction workers and activists share their ongoing struggles. Many years in the making, the film follows meetings between activists and law students brought together for the film, revealing alarming links between workplace blacklisting and undercover policing. At the centre of it all is the determination of a community working together to find justice.

Join us for a screening, followed by a discussion with Lucy Parker and Mohaan Biswas, activist for Independent Workers Union of Great Britain.

This event is part of Projections, a programme of artist film at Tyneside Cinema

Click here to view Solidarity: Lucy Parker and Mohaan Biswas

Citizens present: Campaigning for a Living Wage & Living Hours

Mon 11 Nov, 18:00

Join Tyne & Wear Citizens during Living Wage Week for a campaigning workshop on the Living Wage and Living Hours campaigns, with contributions from community leaders.

Click to view Citizens presents: Campaigning for a Living Wage & Living Hours

Working Poverty: Riff Raff + Live Discussion

Wed 13 Nov, 18:00

Join us for a screening of Ken Loach’s Riff Raff, followed by a live discussion with local community organisers, activists and other guests about the growing crisis of working poverty in Newcastle, the North East and beyond.

Click to view Riff Raff + Working Poverty Discussion

Fragile Labour: North East History Archive Films + Live Discussion

Tue 19 Nov, 18:00

Join us for a screening of a series of archive films exploring various forms of insecure or disappearing forms of work in Newcastle and the North East, followed by a live discussion with a variety of guests, from labour historians to former shipyard workers.

Click to view North East History Archive Films + Discussion

PROJECTIONS: Workers! + Petra Bauer & SCOT-PEP

Thu 21 Nov, 18:00

Join us for a screening of Workers!, a documentary film made by Swedish artist Petra Bauer and SCOT-PEP, a sex worker-led organisation in Scotland.

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. 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.

This event is part of Projections, a programme of artist film at Tyneside Cinema

Click to view Workers! + Petra Bauer & Scot-Pep

Food Poverty: I, Daniel Blake + Live Discussion

Tue 26 Nov, 18:00

Join us for a screening of Ken Loach and Paul Laverty’s Newcastle-set classic I, Daniel Blake. Following the film we will be joined for a discussion on the issue of food poverty in the North East and beyond with John McCorry, CEO of Newcastle West End Foodbank and Silvie Fisch (Foodbank Histories). This discussion will be accompanied by a live performance from Fed Up, a new Live Theatre production based on oral testimonies of people using foodbanks in Newcastle.

Click to view I, Daniel Blake + Food Poverty Discussion

Female Labour: Ladybird Ladybird + Live Discussion

Sun 1 Dec, 13:00

Join us for a screening of Ken Loach’s Ladybird Ladybird, followed by a live discussion around how the gig economy changing relates to the concept of female labour with Professor Al James (Professor of Economic Geography, Newcastle University).

Click to view Ladybird Ladybird + Discussion on Female Labour

Zero Hour: An exhibition of paintings and drawings by Dr Aidan Doyle

1 Nov – 8 Dec

The premiere of Ken Loach and Paul Laverty’s film Sorry We Missed You at Tyneside Cinema will be accompanied by the opening of a major exhibition by artist Aidan Doyle. Depicting Ken Loach and his team on location making the film, the exhibition will celebrate the film as well as working people in the City of Newcastle.

Click to view Zero Hour: An Exhibition of Painting & Drawings by Dr Aidan Doyle

Zero Hour partners include Entertainment One, Sixteen Films, Unite, NASUWT, Citizens UK, The Community Foundation


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