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Once Upon a Time Proletarian

In this documentary, filmmaker Xiaolu Guo profiles thirteen representatives of China’s ‘proletarian’ class today who are trying to make sense of life as the country’s old Communist guard gives way to a new and less certain balance of socialism and capitalism. 

Guo documents the massive social, economic and political changes taking place in China today as she looks at the lives of the ordinary people caught in the middle of it all. 


Event Information

Running Time: 1hr 16mins

BBFC Advice: adv 15

Director(s): Xiaolu Guo.

Country of Origin: China & UK.

Year of release:

Language(s): In Mandarin with English subtitles.

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Tue 03 Oct

This is part of the What's Left? A Century In Revolution season

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Panel discussion: Changing of the Guard: Revolution across Generations

This screening will be followed by a panel discussion, titled Changing of the Guard: Revolution across Generations, with Newcastle University’s Sabrina Yu and Edinburgh University’s Sophia Woodman

Ticket prices

Full price: £6.75

Concession: £5.75

Friends of Tyneside Cinema: £5

Students & Young Tyneside: £4

Benefit: £1

Carers: Free


Pass for 5 films in season*

Full price: £25


Pass for 3 films in season*

Full price: £18


*Please note that passes do not include October: Ten Days That Shook The World and A-Level student seminar: Battleship Potemkin. Passes are subject to availability and can only be booked in person at the Tyneside Cinema Box Office or by calling 0191 227 5500. All films must be booked at the same time in order to qualify for this deal.

Programme Information

Please note that films in this programme will play with no adverts or trailers and will start ten minutes after the advertised start time.

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