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Mining Review 23rd Year No. 6
Ace edition of the series with wintry-but-warm vignettes of coal community life in South Hetton, Woolley Colliery and Caldey Island.
Cinemagazine 1970 11 mins
Monks, majorettes - and miners - populate this ace edition of the long-running series. Released in February but shot in December, it has a wintry yet wonderfully warm atmosphere: we challenge you to watch without smiling. All four stories are winners but 'Drum Major' stands out, its baton-twirling moves captured with care, wit, even bravura: look out for a jaw-dropping match cut (perhaps inspired by Stanley Kubrick's 1968 epic 2001: A Space Odyssey...?).
The first story's nuts-and-bolts subject (safety studs on miners' boots) is enlivened by similarly playful, propulsive filmmaking; the second item (coal deliveries to the Trappist monks of Caldey Island, Pembrokeshire) is gently lyrical; and the final piece (a high-productivity good-news story from Woolley Colliery) is punchy and confident. Each item will have been filmed by a different director-cameraman team, and while this was always the case with Mining Review, in the 1960s the editorial team was more relaxed about allowing a subtle variation of style from one item to another to be evident. Here the result is a highly watchable, occasionally lovely suite of good-natured vignettes of coal industry life.
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Documentary 1950 36 mins Silent Location: Featherstone
Absorbing overview of coalmining in the early years of nationalisation.
Durham Miners Gala
Non-Fiction 1930 2 mins Silent Location: Durham
Billowing banners and copious crowds throng Durham for the annual Miners' Gala.
Current affairs 1984 6 mins Location: Stafford
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Romance of a Lump of Coal
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Lle Triga’r Caneri
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From Tenerife to Treorchy: Jack Bellamy’s tribute to the canary, the little yellow songster that saved so many miners’ lives.
Tidy Is Safe
Documentary 1975 14 mins
A neat coalition between the Keep Britain Tidy Group and the National Coal Board aims to inspire colliery cleanliness.
Caldey Island/Ynys Byr
Caldey Island 1955
Home movie 1955 6 mins Silent Location: Tenby/Dinbych-y-pysgod
The Wright family get full rations of sunshine whilst holidaying on Caldey Island, off Tenby, Pembrokeshire.
Caldey Island 1959
Home movie 1959 10 mins Silent Location: Caldey Island/Ynys Byr
Work and school are forgotten as the Wright family re-locates to Caldey Island (Ynys B_r) to enjoy a summer holiday.
Five Holiday in Pembrokeshire - Caldey Island and Barafundle Bay
Home movie 1961 8 mins Silent Location: Caldey Island/Ynys Byr
Life is not all contemplation for the Cistercian monks on Caldey Island, off Tenby. Here they are seen making hay whilst the sun shines.
Visiting Tenby and area and St Margaret's Fair
Amateur film 1938 9 mins Silent Location: Tenby/Dinbych-y-pysgod
Caldey Island and Bosherston supply welcome afternoon teas to this holiday party who are exploring the Tenby area.
Morton Family Presents Holidays in Pembrokeshire 1949
Home movie 1949 8 mins Silent Location: Tenby/Dinbych-y-pysgod
The Morton family enjoy a wonderful holiday in Pembrokeshire, filled with activities such as motorcycle racing, sports, sightseeing, walks and beach shenanigans.
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.