Preview: The End of Civilisation at Newcastle Tyne Theatre

HERE’S the good news – tonight, you can see The End of Civilisation.

Turner Prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon. Photo by Colin Davison

HERE’S the good news – tonight, you can see The End of Civilisation.

And here’s even better news – on Friday, you can see it twice more.

Rather than the literal final descent into anarchy, The End of Civilisation is a film by the Turner Prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon.

It was commissioned by Great North Run Culture and Newcastle art organisation Locus+ as part of the London 2012 Festival, and it is being screened at the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre. Don’t expect a conventional cinema-style screening, though. From what we gather, the film is to be shown in an art installation format.

The film, the first to be made in England by the renowned Scottish artist, was filmed near Brampton, Cumbria, and the border between England and Scotland.

It involved the destruction by fire of a grand piano, but the organisers hope many seeds of creativity will have been sown by the act.

A team from the Northern Stars Young Film Makers Academy, based at the Tyneside Cinema, was invited to the set to make The Making of... The End of Civilisation.

You may have seen that film already on the big screen beside Grey’s Monument in Newcastle.

There are screenings of Douglas Gordon’s film tonight and Friday at 7.30pm and also at 2.30pm on Friday.

:: Tickets are free but must be booked via

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