Human migration and climate change in the spotlight at cinema

Tyneside Cinema.
Tyneside Cinema.

A popular cinema is putting climate change and the refugee crisis on the agenda with a series of films and talks.

Tyneside Cinema, in Newcastle, is holding a series of events in 2017 to mark its 80th anniversary.

In the first of its cultural events, Tyneside Cinema has created a programme that is set to explore human migration and the refugee crisis during a series of feature films, documentaries, artworks, talks and workshops from Thursday, March 16 to Sunday, March 19.

The programme – titled ‘Gimme Shelter: Climate Change, Migration and the Refugee Crisis’ – will see filmmakers joined by leading experts to discuss the connection between climate change, natural disasters and migration.

The programme is presented in partnership with Climate Outreach and The Climate and Migration Coalition, and with support from Newcastle University Institute for Creative Arts Practice and Northumbrian Water.

‘Gimme Shelter’ will include talks from notable guest speakers including Lord David Puttnam, director George Kurian and Dr Susan Crate.

Lord David Puttnam will lead proceedings at the launch on March 16, drawing on his 30 years as an independent producer.

Alongside a unique schedule of films including The Anthropologist, A Syrian Love Story, The Crossing and the regional premiere of The Age of Consequences, visual artist Lucy Wood will unveil the new chapter of her ongoing project Distant Neighbours.

Filmed on location in Al Zaatari refugee camp, Amman Jordan, Wood’s work reflects on the link between climate change and migration with the final installation to be shown at Tyneside Cinema from March 17 to May 18.

Thomas Peutz, chief executive of Tyneside Cinema said: “Film has the power to connect with people and engender compassion, playing an important role in reversing perceptions of ‘the other’ – something which is particularly relevant in today’s political climate.

“‘Gimme Shelter’ will shine a light on the epochal changes taking place in our world and tell the stories behind it.”

Full listings of all events and tickets can be found at