Changing Lives is part of a panel looking at the influence of Ken Loach's Cathy Come Home, five decades after its release. The special screening of the TV drama is being hosted by Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle city centre, and is free for all attendees.


To mark the release of Ken Loach’s triumphant new film I, Daniel Blake, Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle are taking a look at Loach’s landmark drama about the tragedy of homelessness with a live panel discussion asking whether things have gotten worse 50 years on. The panel will include representatives from Changing Lives, as well as Crisis Skylight.

In November 1966 film director Ken  Loach’s TV drama Cathy Come Home aired in the UK and sparked an immediate outcry and public response to the issue of homelessness which still resonates five decades later.

This landmark drama tells the story of a young family who become homeless.  The film sparked enormous public outrage at the state of housing in Britain and led to the founding of the charity Shelter just days after it was aired.  Cathy Come Home also established Ken Loach as a politically-motivated filmmaker and showcased his now-trademark empathy with major societal issues.


Ken Loach’s Cathy Come Home marked him as a politically-motivated filmmaker and showcased his now-trademark empathy with major societal issues.

Tyneside Cinema, in partnership with the Tyne Housing Association, looks back on Cathy Come Home with a free anniversary screening, attended by a panel of experts who will discuss the influence of the film.

The panel also includes representatives from Tyne Housing Association, Newcastle University, and law firm Ward Hadaway.

The screening will be held at Tyneside Cinema, The Electra, Pilgrim St, Newcastle at 18.10pm on Monday 14th November 2016.

Tickets for this screening of Cathy Come Home are free and very limited.  They can be booked by contacting Tyneside Cinema’s Box Office on 0191 227 5500 or by calling into the Tyneside Cinema’s Box Office in person.

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