Beyond and Behind the VoteJuly 4, 1984
Documentation of the 1984 Chesterfield by-election, which saw Tony Benn returned to parliament, and the early days of the Miners’ Strike which began shortly after.
Shooting MagpiesJanuary 1, 2005
Shot on digital video, the final feature drama in the coalfield trilogy from Amber Films explores the impact of heroin in East Durham after pit closure
Like FatherJanuary 1, 2001
The last pits have closed, the redundancy money has been spent and a family is in crisis. 70 year old pigeon man Arthur Elliott is losing his allotment to the local authority’s coastal redevelopment scheme. Working as a trumpeter, teacher, club singer and club act agent, his son, 40 year old ex-miner Joe can just about scrape a living, but his marriage is breaking up. 10 year old Michael is left to grapple with his own realities as coalfield culture begins to disintegrate. Three generations struggle to come to terms with the past and find the ties that still bind them; three worlds unfold against the rich and extraordinary backdrop of East Durham.
The ScarJanuary 1, 1997
Like many women active during the miners' strike, May Murton (Charlie Hardwick) has been left to clean up the mess. The closure of the pit, a failed marriage and the community’s disintegration have shattered both her personal and political beliefs. Her teenage children (Darren Bell and Katja Roberts) are out of control. Her estranged husband (Brian Hogg) has taken up residence in the allotments. At a dance, the night before the Durham Miners’ Gala, May meets Roy Cotton (Bill Speed) the recently arrived manager of an open cast mine.
Diese Briten, diese DeutschenNovember 29, 1988
East German documentary filmmakers Barbara and Winfried Junge explore working class life in Newcastle.
Feelings of fear and isolation felt by an elderly woman navigating the new urban environments that had increasingly replaced traditional working class communities in the 60s, 70s and 80s.
Dream OnJanuary 1, 1991
A magical realist feature drama exploring the lives of a women’s darts team on North Shields’ Meadow Well Estate. Set in North Shields, Dream on blends magic, fantasy and dreams, treading a knife-edge between humour and tragedy and drawing you into the personal dramas; battering, alcohol, drugs and abuse are juxtaposed with the camaraderie of the darts nights where the women come together with a common aim: to win and leave their troubles at home.