The Miners' Campaign Tapes DVD
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Directed by Various
Produced in 1984
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film
In 1984 a group of independent film and video makers decided to show their support for the miners' strike using the tools they had available: their cameras. On the picket lines, at the marches and in the soup kitchens, they recorded the testimonies of striking miners, their wives and supporters, in a fight against the anti-strike propaganda dominating the mainstream media.
The six videos that they produced are now available for the first time since the close of that devastating dispute. A testament to solidarity and activism, the tapes tackle issues which continue to occupy us today: the right to demonstrate, police tactics, political double-speak, the role of the media. They are a crucial document of a cataclysmic episode of British history.
Part 1 - Not Just Tea and Sandwiches (Miners' Wives Speak Out); Part 2 - The Coal Board's Butchery (No Pit is Safe); Part 3 - Solidarity (Trade Unions Support the Miners); Part 4 - Straight Speaking (The Facts Behind the Miners' Strike); Part 5 - The Lie Machine (The Media and the Miners' Strike); Part 6 - Only Doing Their Job? About police tactics and behaviour.
Length: 92 mins
Cat No: BFIVD847
Format: DVD Colour
- Illustrated booklet with essays by Chris Reeves, in which he discusses the making and distribution of the Tapes, and by Professor Julian Petley, author of Media Hits the Pits: the Media and the Coal Dispute (1984) and contributor to Shafted: the Media, the Miners' Strike and the Aftermath (2009).