T Dan Smith
Forum Cinema Hexham / Saturday 28th March
Presented in collaboration with AmberSide Collective.
An experimental mix of thriller and documentary exploring the scandal centred on the one-time Newcastle Council Leader, aka The Mouth of the Tyne, who was sentenced to six years imprisonment in 1974 for corruption.
A dynamic and visionary politician, Smith collaborated closely as Amber unpicked the story of a leftwing group of ex-war resisters who took control of the city council in 1960, the socialist and civic ambitions and the betrayals; the claims of MI5 involvement, of ministerial cover-ups and the unseen role of the Privy Council.
With Smith appearing as himself and filmmakers Murray Martin and Steve Trafford as two journalists, the film interrogates the interviews and archive footage, weaving them together with a fictional scandal unfolding on the streets around them…
Forum Cinema, Market Place, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 1XF
About the film
Director: Amber Film Collective
Run Time: 88 mins
BBFC: Not rated
Community organisation information
The AmberSide Collective came together in 1968 and throughout the 1970s the group explored the North of England, its changing communities and disappearing industrial landscapes. The group has always thrived on the creative tension between a collaborative filmmaking practice and the necessarily individual vision of the photographer.
In the late 1970s the group opened the Side Gallery and Side Cinema, and it continues to develop projects organically, frequently reconnecting with the people, territories and concerns of earlier work, creating a unique narrative of engagement that has been sustained for over fifty years.