Tuesday, May 7, 2019
The Miners' Hymns (2010) directed by Bill Morrison
Doors 7:00 PM / Start 7:30 PM @ The Mini - 1329 Main St.
The ill-fated coal mining communities in North East England are the subject of this inspired documentary by multi-media artist Bill Morrison. Their story is told entirely without words, yet the film is far from silent: it features a remarkable original score by the Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson. Using rarely-seen footage from the British Film Institute, the BBC, and other archives, The Miners’ Hymns 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. The film also shows the pitched battles between miners and police that took place during massive strikes in 1984 and sounded the death knell for the British mining industry. It also includes two contemporary aerial sequences, shot in color from a helicopter flying over the sites of former collieries, that have since become sites of modern consumerism. (52 min)
Free with $5 suggested donation
Road (1987) – Directed by Alan Clarke
Also set in Northern England, Road (1987) follows an ensemble of downtrodden working class people residing in Lancashire during the Thatcher era, which was characterized by diminished union power and increased unemployment. Alan Clarke’s brisk drama, adapted from a play by Jim Cartwright and shot entirely on steadicam, presents an unsparing—and at times grimly funny—street-level account of the lives and communities decimated by neoliberal capitalism. (63 min)