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Above Us the Earth
Above Us the Earth

Above Us the Earth 1977


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Above Us the Earth 1977 15

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Karl Francis

Independent Welsh filmmaker Karl Francis uses amateur and professional actors to explore the community impact of the 1975 closure of the Ogilvie Colliery in the Rhymney Valley, a few miles from his family home. Critical of the National Coal Board and the trade unions, the film focuses on the fractious interactions between politicians and union leaders, teasing out the forces that are attempting to divide the community.

The film examines with brutal honesty the dilemma of the mining communities during the closures and highlights the issues of employment. Francis doesn’t let any negotiating parties off the hook as he examines a raft of contributing factors, almost forensically, from diverse perspectives.

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Karl Francis


Windsor Rees

Gwen Francis

Dai Morgan

Evan Jones




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