19 October 2014

Still The Enemy Within, 2014 - ★★★½

A really well made documentary that offered a lot more insight into the real life setting of Pride. As is often the case with this kind of documentary it feels like it will only ever be appreciated by those already "on side" and the lack of objectivity was a frequent source of frustration. In the Q&A after the screening the producers explained that they had always set out to only tell the story of the miners and their families. Even though the film starts with "this is their story" caption I'd forgotten this and found the lack of any counter views disappointing.

The film also makes too many assumptions about what the audience know and doesn't always explain everything well enough; as the film drags on a little too long towards the end I realised that I didn't fully understand what the strikes were actually about (admittedly this may have just been me forgetting things from earlier in the film). Based on the questions asked during the Q&A, the audience I was in seemed to be made up of ex-miners/strikers, union reps and socialists and understandably the film went down incredibly well.

October 19, 2014 at 12:36PM

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