TEST DEPT: DS30
Thu 9 July 2015, 5.45–7pm
The Miners’ Hall, Redhills, Durham
FREE Admission (doors open 5.30pm)
It’s one of the most emotionally draining and inspiring pieces of political art or music I’ve ever witnessed.The Quietus
AV Festival presents a special screening of Test Dept’s acclaimed film marking 30 years since the 1984–85 Miners’ Strike at The Miners’ Hall in Durham during the week of the Durham Miners’ Gala.
DS30 is a political collage of sound and image by the music group Test Dept, originally commissioned by AV Festival 2014 and presented at Dunston Staiths on the River Tyne. This is the last chance to see the film in the region and concludes its recent tour of the North of England and Scotland.
During the 1984–85 miners’ strike Test Dept collaborated with local activists and mining communities in support of the miners. This included the South Wales Striking Miners’ Choir, with whom they recorded the album Shoulder to Shoulder to raise money for the Miners’ Hardship Fund.
DS30 includes archive film footage of mining communities (including footage of the Durham Miners’ Gala) with material from Test Dept’s own archive relating to the 1984–85 strike.
The film is followed by a Q&A session with members of Test Dept, Dave Temple (author of The Big Meeting: A History of the Durham Miners’ Gala) and Dr Katy Shaw (author of Mining the Meaning: Cultural Representations of the 1984–85 UK Miners’ Strike).
Opened in 1915, The Miners’ Hall was built as the headquarters of the Durham Miners’ Association, providing space for all the County’s pit delegates to assemble. This impressive building remains a fitting tribute to the heritage of coal mining in County Durham.
The event is in support of The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign. www.otjc.org.uk
The screening is followed by a lecture at 7.30pm in the Miners’ Hall by Dave Nellist, National Chair of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition. www.durhamminers.org
No advance booking, doors open 5.30pm
DS30 Tour is supported by This Way Up Exhibition Innovation Fund, a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network.