- Bill Morrison
The ill-fated coal mining communities in North East England are the subject of this inspired documentary. Using rarely-seen footage from the British Film Institute, the BBC, and other archives, the film celebrates social, cultural, and political aspects of the extinct industry. Focusing on the Durham coalfield located in northeastern England, it depicts the hardship of pit work, the role of Trade Unions in organizing and fighting for workers’ rights, the years of increased mechanization and the annual Miners’ Gala in Durham. Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson’s enthralling and elegiac score was inspired by the brass ensembles that were affiliated with each of the mines. Cosponsored with the ILR Catherwood Library/Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, , the CCA and FLEFF.