Cinema Action, The Miners’ Film, 1975. Courtesy BFI

The Miners’ Film documents the 1973–4 miners’ strike that helped bring down Edward Heath’s government, articulated through the voices of miners, their families and union officials. Miners’ explain the aim of the overtime ban to reduce coal stocks preventing the government riding out a future strike and reflect on the 1926 General Strike, failures of nationalisation, and recent energy and employment policies. The films position is that of respect for the miners and a desire to encourage other workers to emulate them. The film ends with a call to abolish capitalism.

Followed by discussion with Tyneside political activist, writer, coal miner and member of Cinema Action, David John Douglass.

The Miners’ Film, dir: Cinema Action, UK, 1975, 45min + 40min discussion, Digibeta, BFI National Archive.

Presented as part of Resistance: British Documentary Film, more information about all the films in the series here.

Film Pass Four: Resistance: British Documentary Film
Tue 1 – Thu 24 March
£28 Full Price / £23 Concession
Includes entrance to all films in the series, including screenings at Northern Charter
Film Passes can only be booked via the Tyneside Cinema Box Office.

The Miners' Film
Cinema Action

£7.50/£6, book here
Film Pass Four, £28/£23

Thu 10 March, 5.45pm (45min + discussion)

Tyneside Cinema

10 –12 Pilgrim Street
Box Office 0191 227 5500