Showroom Cinema with Andy Moore
At 83 years old, and 50 years after his breakthrough film Kes hit cinemas, Ken Loach shows no signs of slowing down. Following 2016’s I, Daniel Blake, the fiercely political director returns once again with another vital, moving and politically excoriating story about life lived under the economic pressures of contemporaryBritain.
Sorry We Missed You, made with screenwriter Paul Laverty and producer Rebecca O’Brien, is a passionate indictment of Tory austerity, the absurdities and cruelties of the gig economy, and the impossibility of achieving anything but basic economic survival on an unpredictable minimum wage.
After losing both his career and mortgage after the 2008 financial crash, and with a family to support, 40 something jobbing builder Ricky is unable to pass up a job as a driver for a delivery company.
But the job offers no support, no benefits, and workers must meet utterly unreasonable targets in order to remain employed.
Alarmed by their rising debts, and with his wife facing equally exploitative pressures in her own job, their family life struggles to cope with the increasing pressure.
Rigorously researched via off-the-record interviews, Sorry We Missed You depicts the devastating human cost of the gig economy with gut-wrenching honesty and integrity.
Sorry We Missed You opens at the Showroom Cinema on the 1st of November.
And on Wednesday October 23 we’re delighted to be screening a preview of the film with a live satellite Q&A with Loach, Laverty and the cast and crew of the film, beamed direct from the film’s public premiere at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle.
We’ve got more Loach in store for you later in November too.On November 8 we’ll be screening the stunning Kes: Reimagined – a filmed version of the critically acclaimed 2014 stage show that premiered at Sheffield Theatres.
The production weaves together dance, projections, puppetry and music to create “a family-friendly Kes to rival War Horse”.The screening will feature an in-person Q&A with the cast and crew.
Finally, Black History Month at the Showroom continues this Saturday with the unmissable Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records.
The film chronicles the love affair between Jamaican and British youth culture, as told through the prism of one of the most iconic labels in the history of black music, Trojan Records.
The film will be followed by a Q&A with local music scene legends Winston Hazel, Greg Robinson and Dave Hancock, and there will be a guest DJ (Trojan Explosion) in the bar afterwards.
Expect good vibes and great tunes.