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Still the Enemy Within

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Still the Enemy Within

Owen Gower (2014)

112min
15 Certificate
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This impassioned documentary chronicles the infamous miners' strike that took place in Britain between 1984 and 1985. Buoyed by two successful strikes in the early 70s, the National Union of Mineworkers - the most powerful union in the UK at that point - took action when it was announced that various pits were to be closed across the UK. Approximately 160,000 coal miners went on strike (not to mention all the family members and supporters who joined them), resulting in an ongoing conflict (read: war) with Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government. Owen Gower's film is told from the perspective of the miners, and alternates between grainy archive footage and frank, modern-day interviews with the colliery workers who stood on the picket lines. It is, as a consequence, unashamedly one-sided, although some of the footage is provocative (witness protesters going up against policemen on horseback) and the testimonies from those involved are often insightful and revealing.

Summary

Still the Enemy Within' is an award-winning documentary that gives a unique insight into one of history's most dramatic events: the 1984-85 British Miners' Strike.

Cast & Crew

Director Owen Gower

Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Bad Bonobo Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 3 Oct 2014

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