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Tyneside Cinema presents a night of 60s pop that just won’t stop…

Posted in Film on Oct 04, 2017

This October, to celebrate the reopening of the Hatton Gallery with their Pioneers of Pop exhibition, Tyneside Cinema are putting on a special screening of Peter Watkins’ seminal pop propaganda movie Privilege followed by a 1960s party.


Privilege stars Paul Jones, who at the time was the lead singer of English rock band Manfred Mann,  as Steven Shorter, the biggest pop star of his day. Loved by millions; his approval or endorsement can guide the choices and actions of the masses.


In reality he is a puppet whose popularity is carefully managed by government-backed handlers keen to keep the country's youth under control. Only an act of complete rebellion can set him free.


Also starring iconic Sixties supermodel Jean Shrimpton as the girl who tries to help him defy the system, Privilege is the third feature from provocative British director Peter Watkins, a filmmaker whose unique Verite-style and oppositional themes have met with controversy throughout his career.


The screening of the film will be feature an introduction from pop historian, Chris Phipps, and then be followed by a party in the Tyneside’s Bar Café, where the DJ will spin nothing but ‘60s hits throughout the night.


Privilege plus 1960s Party will take place at Tyneside Cinema on Friday 20 October at 20:30. Tickets are £11.95/£10.95 concessions and include a free house drink in the Tyneside Bar Café after the screening. Tickets are available at www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/privilege.


The Pioneers Of Pop exhibition at The Hatton Gallery at Newcastle University will open on 7 October 2017. This ground-breaking exhibition that will firmly position Newcastle as the birthplace of Pop Art.


The exhibition revolves around the numerous artists and writers, activities, projects and ideas which had at their centre, artist Richard Hamilton, during his time teaching at Newcastle University (1953-1966).


Pioneers of Pop includes around 100 works by some of the leading British artists associated with both Pop and abstract art - Eduardo Paolozzi, David Hockney, Richard Smith, Ian Stephenson, R.B Kitaj, Joe Tilson and, of course, Hamilton himself.

To find out more about the exhibition, visit hattongallery.org.uk/whats-on/pioneers-of-pop.