Hugh Kelly’s community films have shown a different perspective by involving local people as equals in the filmmaking process. In the early 1980s Tyneside was particularly hard hit by rapid deindustrialisation and areas were left with fewer opportunities, especially for young people. Poverty, policing, and creative participation will be explored through a range of films shot over thirty years. An English Estate (1992) looks at the aftermath of the Meadowell riots. Poverty – It’s A Crime (2001) looks at opportunities for young people and their concerns over the nature of policing and estate CCTV. Tackling Poverty (2012) shows young people across Northumberland anticipating a future that is less certain than the life experiences of adults around them. Can creative self expression help young people campaign against poverty?
When: Sunday 5 May, 3.10pm
Where: Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne
Booking: Tickets are priced at £4 and can be purchased at www.tynesidecinema.co.uk, by calling 0845 217 9909 or in person at the Tyneside Cinema Box Office.
Tyneside Cinema is also screening Whose Culture Is It Anyway? on Sunday 12 May at 1.10pm, a collection of Swingbridge Media films about how community videos and art projects gave new creative outlets to local people. To find out more click here.