Location : WCML
Start date : 12th May 2014
End date : 14th May 2014
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Our second film festival! This year has a mining theme, to mark the 30th anniversary of the miners' strike. All screenings are free - including free popcorn...
Mon 12 May 7pm The Road to Drumleman tells the story of brotherhood at the Argyll Colliery (1947-1967). When artist Jan Nimmo's dad, a former shot firer at the pit, died, she sought out the remaining men who had worked alongside him to piece together the story of Scotland's most remote coal mine. Jan's husband Paul will introduce the film.
Tues 13 May 7pm The Last Strike, followed by a talk by Dave Douglass, the NUM activist known as ‘Danny the Red'. In 1984 a French TV crew made what Dave describes as the best film made about the strike, 'La Dernière Grève'. It focuses on St Helen's, and the solidarity of Lancashire miners and the key role played by women come powerfully across.
Wed 14 May 7pm Last Pit in the Valley Irwell Valley Mining Project's acknowledgement of lost Salford pits and reminder of miners' working conditions through the years. Plus Pride in the Pits, a tribute to the men and women who worked in the North Staffordshire coalfield.
Added extra event: The Library is also pleased to welcome Mark Metcalf from the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign to talk on Wednesday 14 May at 2pm about the Campaign's determination to seek truth and justice for the miners victimised by the police at the Orgreave Coking Plant, South Yorkshire, during that key event in the strike in June 1984. All welcome, admission free.
Photo by Mary Lorraine McHugh, courtesy of Salford Local History Library