Still The Enemy Within

Still The Enemy Within

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Still The Enemy Within

Documentary attacking Margaret Thatcher's dismantling of the National Union of Miners and the larger trade union movement in mid-80s UK.

"By the time that Margaret Thatcher came to power in 1979, the Tories had been planning for years how to crush the trade unions. This archive-rich film takes us back to the frontline of that battleground: the 1984 miners strike. Lasting a year, it brought tens of thousands of miners to the picket lines, in protest at the shutting of collieries, and loss of jobs. Told primarily from the retrospective of the mining communities themselves, we hear how the initial euphoria and solidarity evolved into desperation, starvation and bitter division... The government's ultimate triumph smoothed the way for a country still determined to sell off its public assets in the pursuit of free enterprise." (Sheffield Doc/Fest)

2014Rating: Exempt116 minsUK
DocumentaryHistorical
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Total Film

Total Film

press

The depth of focus and feeling in the miners' testimonials conveys a vivid picture of living through the strike, with Gower finding enough facets to sustain a stirring tribute to solidarity and a vital oral history of social protest.

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Time Out

Time Out

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This is timely, important and truthful cinema, at once bitter, nostalgic and unexpectedly uplifting.

4.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Director Owen Gower mixes plentiful archive footage with contemporary interviews to cut through the media rhetoric about rioting pickets and paint an altogether more alarming portrait of a carefully orchestrated state crackdown.

4.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Gower's film is a heartfelt tribute to the communities who were hammered by political, not economic, forces. They look bloodied, but unbowed.

4.0
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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A tough, hard-hitting and honest telling by the people involved.

4.0
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Total Film

Total Film

press

The depth of focus and feeling in the miners' testimonials conveys a vivid picture of living through the strike, with Gower finding enough facets to sustain a stirring tribute to solidarity and a vital oral history of social protest.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

This is timely, important and truthful cinema, at once bitter, nostalgic and unexpectedly uplifting.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Director Owen Gower mixes plentiful archive footage with contemporary interviews to cut through the media rhetoric about rioting pickets and paint an altogether more alarming portrait of a carefully orchestrated state crackdown.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Gower's film is a heartfelt tribute to the communities who were hammered by political, not economic, forces. They look bloodied, but unbowed.

4.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A tough, hard-hitting and honest telling by the people involved.

4.0
0

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