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21 October - 17 November
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Care - a documentary screening and discussion on residential care in the North East

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Lifelong wellbeing theme

Professional audiences

What’s on offer?

A special preview screening of Care (2023, 36min, Documentary Film) followed by a post film discussion with the academic and filmmaking team.  

What’s it about?

From the beginning of 2021, as the UK continued to confront the Covid pandemic, staff working in one North East England care home were invited to film their everyday lives. Care leads us through the ups and downs of life in the home over 12 months through the eyes, words, and newly learnt camera skills of those working and living there. As residents celebrate their own milestones, from 100th birthdays to winning at bingo and enjoy Christmas parties and VE Day, the film gives a joyful, challenging, and emotional insight into life, love and loss inside the home during and beyond the worst days of the pandemic.

Care is a participatory documentary film, filmed over 12 months by a team of care home staff, and produced by researchers at Newcastle University. The film is directed by Dr Alastair Cole, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and Senior Lecturer in Film Practice at Newcastle University. His previous films include the feature documentaries Iorram (Boat Song) (2021) and Colours of the Alphabet (2016). Care was produced by the Newcastle University research team of Karen Ross, Andrew Newman, Alastair Cole and Lucy Jolly. 

Who’s leading the event?

Karen Ross, Andrew Newman, Alastair Cole and Lucy Jolly. 

Open to

Screening is open to the public.

Of particular interest to

This event will be of particular interest to anyone with links and interest in residential care.