Still The Enemy Within
Director: Owen Gower
Cast: Norman Strike, Paul Symonds, Steve Hammill
Country of Origin: UK 2014 112 mins.
Released by BAD BONOBO
'The 1984 miner's strike - a reminder of a sad, bitter and destructive legacy.'
'Still The Enemy Within' goes to the frontline of the battleground of Margaret Thatcher era and the battle to crush the unions - the 1984 miner's strike. It lasted a year with tens of thousands of miners on the picket lines protesting at the shutting of collieries, the loss of jobs and the breakup of communities. The Government were well prepared having stockpiled coal before the strike and with ongoing harassment by thousands of riot police throughout and a relentless national media campaign the striking miner's initial euphoria and solidarity evolved into desperation, starvation and bitter division. Told primarily from the retrospective of the mining communities themselves the documentary recounts how the state ruthlessly confronted the industry, the government's ultimate triumph smoothing the way for the sale of public assets in the pursuit of free enterprise.
Confrontational and a reflection on a sad and bitter past. Essential viewing as a reminder of a bitter and destructive legacy.