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For Ever Amber, for those who were lucky enough to see it, was an illuminating and at times emotional journey through the life and times of the region in the past forty years. From the squalor of the 70s and the miner’s strike of the 80s to regeneration and the increase in immigration now, the exhibition showcased some of the Amber Collective’s best pieces of photography and was a rare glimpse into the reality of the north east’s past. The beautiful exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery may have finished, but there’s still a chance to see some of Amber’s best work on the big screen at the Tyneside Cinema.

This weekend’s one-off screening sees one of Amber’s most prolific photographers – Sirkka-Liisa Konttinnen – celebrating all that’s good about Byker. The simply-titled Byker is a wonderful exploration of working class culture in the terraced streets of the west end, while Today I’m With You looks at the communities of the Byker Wall, after Konttinnen’s Byker Revisited work. Like much of Amber’s work, the films are non-intrusive and observational, capturing the grit and the hidden beauty of the distinctly working-class landscapes and cultures. The cinematography is often stunning without even trying to be, sticking in your mind as long as the images of a Tyneside gone by. If you’re a lover of film or just interested in seeing what Newcastle was like thirty years ago, this double bill will be truly illuminating.

Byker and Today I’m With You screen at the Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle on Sunday 27th September.

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