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Welsh Coal Strike Scenes at Aberaman
Beautifully-photographed scenes of industrial beauty, bleakness and jollity in Aberaman, in the Rhondda, South Wales.
Striking miners are all smiles in this beautifully-photographed film of Aberaman, South wales. The strike began when the colliery manager withdrew the miners' right to take home firewood - and escalated to include 18 grievances. Charles Butt Stanton, the most conspicuous figure among the sea of cloth-capped men and boys , was a local miner who became a labour leader and later, Independent Labour Party MP, representing Merthyr Tydfil from 1915-22.
The 1910 Miners' Strike in South Wales lasted for several months and was notably bitter - there were violent protests in Aberaman and the notorious Tonypandy Riots took place nearby. Eventually the hardship of the strike took its toll and the miners were forced back to work in January 1911.
Documentary 1950 36 mins Silent Location: Featherstone
Absorbing overview of coalmining in the early years of nationalisation.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1964 2 mins
Miners' safety training - marked by stylish animation and gallows humour.
Advert 1935 42 mins Silent Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
Coal, between the world wars, makes the industrialised world go round and Cory Bros & Co Ltd, with collieries in south Wales and oil refineries across the globe, is a major player.
Industry sponsored film 1978 7 mins Location: Blaenavon
Memories of Blaenavon Colliery, Monmouthshire, as it nears its end.
Documentary 1954 18 mins
Elegiac sponsored film imploring viewers to "allow the sun to penetrate the haze of ignorance" and relieve British cities of pollution.
Advert 1975 1 mins
Deliriously kitsch recruitment ad for the implausibly glamorous world of coalmining.
Home movie 1939 4 mins Silent Location: Aberaman
Aberaman Original Silver Band in action, and a group of men play-acting for the camera with false beard, bird cage and washing dolly!
Home movie 1945 10 mins Silent Location: Aberaman
The war is over so out come the cake and ale, the smiles and ‘V’ signs, and the effigy of Hitler that, tied to a lamppost, is for burning when night falls.
Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
Drama 2023 2 mins
A group of young Black boys run into a building. One of them is about to do the unimaginable.
Romance 2023 2 mins
A queercore romance - a visceral and immersive exploration of the power of the mosh pit and finding love in the most unlikely of places.
Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.
Comedy 2023 2 mins
En-route to her hen weekend, bride-to-be Faye kills the vibe with a bombshell confession.
Documentary 2023 2 mins
An insight into Daytimers, the South Asian DJ collective that are breaking new ground in Britain.