A Northern Soul
Join Prospect and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation for the 5th Annual Poverty Lecture.
Following the screening and introductions by Tom Clark, Prospect’s Editor, there will be a Q&A and audience participation with a panel featuring Campbell Robb, JRF and JRHT’s Chief Executive and Sean McAllister, Director of the featured film.
A drinks reception will take place following the discussion.
A Northern Soul by Sean McAllister
“Class and chance collide in Sean McAllister’s brilliant Sheffield Doc/Fest opening film, as young performers are guided through their home’s transformational year as the UK City of culture”
Having acted as creative director of the event’s opening ceremony, McAllister’s film is a great work of radical empathy, in which the economic difficulties of the city and the contradictions of regeneration through culture are visible alongside a testament to the charm and strength of personality of the city’s residents. Steve, the main focus of the film, is employed as a low-wage warehouse operative, stuck in a job that he feels imprisoned by and doesn’t pay enough forcing him to service his spiralling debts through pay day loans.
This is a documentary in which the mechanics of poverty in modern Britain are clear to see – even on a regular wage and displaying some entrepreneurial skill, it’s impossible for Steve to care for his daughter without calling on credit and loans
The panel discussion will address some of the questions raised by the film;
- What happens to areas where there is a shortage of investment – both economically and politically?
- Where previous generations had stronger unions, more secure jobs for life and a cheaper cost of living – what is the impact of the loss of this social contract on Steve’s generation?
- What can be done to change the situation for people like Steve?
The discussion will be chaired by Campbell Robb and we hope you can join us.
You can register for your tickets via eventbrite.
September 13 2018 18:00 - 20.30
BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN
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