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Dole not Coal - Fresh material unearthed for new miners’ strike film

Issue No. 2208

Unemployment is the pits: a protest during the Miners’ Strike (Pic: John Sturrock)

Unemployment is the pits: a protest during the Miners’ Strike (Pic: John Sturrock)

This new documentary tells the inspiring but sad tale of the 1984–5 Miners’ Strike.

The film features brand new interviews with many of the strike’s leaders.

They give new insight into the circumstances that led to it, their own experiences of being involved, and the events that led to the end of strike.

The ex-miners who experienced it all from the frontline share their memories. Other contributors range from former Labour MP Tony Benn and MP Dennis Skinner, to senior members of the National Union of Mineworkers and the TUC.

Testimonies from women involved in the Women’s Action Group are particularly poignant. They tell of how the strike shaped them and the way they saw themselves transforming from “miners’ wives” into activists.

Recently rediscovered home video footage, along with other sources, illustrate the story of the destruction of Britain’s coal mining industry, including the major events of the strike such as the Battle of Orgreave.

This film features many remarkably frank and direct accounts from people whose lives were irrevocably changed by the events of 1984 and 1985.

The personal stories are at times both humorous and heartbreaking.

It’s a great dig into the past.

Dole not Coal
Compress Media, £9.95

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Tue 29 Jun 2010, 18:49 BST
Issue No. 2208
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