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Season of Films Exploring the Miners' Strike 30 Years On

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The University of Worcester has teamed up with local businesses, Past Pixels and Amp Worcs, to present a season of films examining the Miners’ Strike 30 years on.

As part of the Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival, there will be a number of screenings at The Hive over the coming weeks, starting on Friday, May 8th with the 2014 documentary, Still The Enemy Within.

This film won the audience award at the 2014 Sheffield International Documentary Festival. The screening, at 7.30pm, will be accompanied by a talk from guest speaker Bob Anderson, who was a branch secretary of the National Union of Miners during the strike.

The documentary, Directed by Owen Gower, gives a unique insight into the dramatic events of the 1984-85 British Miners’ Strike. Thirty years on, this is the raw first-hand experience of those who lived through Britain’s longest strike.

On June 6th, there will be a screening of Ken Loach’s 1985 film, Which Side Are You On? This will be accompanied by a talk from Paul Kelly, ex-Agecroft NUM and author of “The Last Pit In The Valley”, and George Tapp, founder member of the Salford Miners Support Group.

Then on June 19th Salt of the Earth, a drama centred on the 1951 strike at the Empire Zinc Company, will be screened, with a talk from Phil Chamberlain, co-author of “Blacklisted: The secret war between big business and union activists”.

The season finishes on July 3rd with Going Through the Change! Directed by Anne-Marie Sweeney, this 2014 film tells not just the story of the women during the strike but how the fight has continued, how the links with other communities and especially women has broadened and how the struggle for socialism and feminism are intertwined. Guest speakers at this event will be Brenda Proctor, Chair of the National Women Against Pit Closures and North Staffs Miners Wives Action Group, and friends.

Reuben Irving, Senior Lecturer in Digital Film Production at the University of Worcester, said: “This is a unique opportunity to see a carefully selected season of films exploring the issues and to discuss them with some of the men and women who made history.”

All screenings will take place in the studio in The Hive. Films start at 7.30pm, and doors open at 7pm. Tickets cost £5 or £1 for concessions.

For more information and tickets, visit www.worfs.org