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Inspired by the release of Ken Loach and Paul Laverty’s new film, Sorry We Missed You, which focuses on the gig economy, zero hour contracts and tragic cuts to the UK’s care system, the Zero Hours film season at Tyneside Cinema welcomes a range of independent voices, discussions, public forums and an exhibition of paintings by artist Aidan Doyle.

A screening of Sorry We Missed You on Sunday 3rd is followed by a live discussion with the Independent Workers of Great Britain union, who represent many of the zero hours contract workers in the UK; an event on Tuesday 5th explores the issues of insecure work in the arts, with a panel discussing the nature of arts and culture freelancing and the risks and benefits of the ‘gig work’ model. Ken Loach’s Riff Raff is screened on Wednesday 13th, alongside a live discussion about working poverty in the North East; while female labour comes under the spotlight in an event which includes a screening of Loach’s Ladybird Ladybird on Sunday 17th.

On Thursday 21st, a screening of Workers! – inspired by feminist film practices, Swedish documentary filmmaker Petra Bauer and SCOT-PEP, an organisation that advocates for the rights, safety and health of sex workers in Scotland – encourages the use of cinema as a medium for political engagement, and will also be accompanied by a discussion between artists, academics and activists surrounding the subjects of sex work, the documentary form and how creative mediums add to conversations surrounding civil rights.

The emotive subject of food poverty is the focus of a discussion after a screening of Loach and Laverty’s I, Daniel Blake on Tuesday 26th; while a series of archive films exploring forms of insecure or disappearing work in Newcastle will be followed by a panel discussion with guests including labour historians and former shipyard workers.

Zero Hours Film Season runs throughout November at Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle


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