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Still the Enemy Within

Still the Enemy Within
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 112 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Owen Gower
  • UK release: 3 October 2014

Documentary on the 1984–85 UK miners' strike, in which Thatcher's government went to destroy the power of the trade unions. Gower's film focuses on ex-miners, their wives and supporters and there's little sense that things might have happened differently, but the lingering anger is shockingly clear, as is the nostalgia for the solidarity that grew in communities under attack from their own government.

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Still the Enemy Within

Still the Enemy Within is a unique insight into one of history's most dramatic events: the 1984-85 British Miners' Strike. No experts. No politicians.

Thirty years on, this is the raw first-hand experience of those who lived through Britain's longest strike. Follow the highs and lows of that life-changing year.

Against all the forces the government could throw at them, 160 000 coal miners took up the fight and became part of a battle that would change the course of history. Still the Enemy Within tells the story of a group of miners and supporters who were on the frontline of the strike for an entire year. These were people that Margaret Thatcher labelled ‘the Enemy Within'. Many of them have never spoken on camera before.

Using interviews and a wealth of rare and never before seen archive, Still the Enemy Within draws together personal experiences – whether they're tragic, funny or terrifying – to take the audience on an emotionally powerful journey through the dramatic events of that year.

"Still The Enemy Within is inspiring, uplifting, moving and sad. It is also important, telling as it does the story of a key conflict in British History. A conflict that was not about coal but about the fundamental principles of Trade Unionism and the States determination to destroy them." Ben Elton

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Still the Enemy Within

29 Sep 20144 stars

Documentary on the miners' strike from Owen Gower illuminates a passionately fought conflict

An interesting companion piece to the acclaimed comedy Pride, providing pertinent social history in the context of current debates about privilege, representation and poverty in modern Britain, Still the Enemy Within is a thorough account of the 1984-5…

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