A festival of films to reflect on working class uprising

A scene from the film Still The Enemy Within

A scene from the film Still The Enemy Within

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

THIS Sunday four films about various aspects of the 1984 miners’ strike will be screened at Ilkley’s King’s Hall, starting at 1pm through to 7.30pm.

They include the two-hour feature film, Pride, starring Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton, about gays and lesbians coming together to raise money for the families of striking miners, and Owen Glower’s near two-hour documentary Still the Enemy Within – due for general release in October.

The Mining Visions event starts at 1pm with The Miners’ Hymns in which the lives of miners and their families chronicled over 100 years are set to a specially composed film score.

The hour-long The Battle of Orgreave, directed by Mike Figgis, includes a re-enactment of the violent confrontation at the South Yorkshire coking plant in which 800 former miners and police officers take part.

It’s followed by a panel discussion in which Anne Scargill, co-founder of the Women Against Pit Closures movement and wife of former National Union of Mineworkers’ president Arthur Scargill, and Yorkshire journalist Peter Lazenby, will talk about the ramifications of the year-long strike.

Pride will be shown at 7.30pm.

Martin Pilkington, Ilkley Film Festival director, said: “We are thrilled that, in our first year, we have been able to programme live monthly events this autumn, bringing more great cinema experiences to Ilkley.

“I am really pleased that we have been able to attract major films such as Pride to the town. We’ve programmed a complete mix of films, catering to a broad range of tastes, which I hope means that there is something for everyone.”

Tickets for all four films and the panel discussion are available online at ilkleyfilmfestival.co.uk, from the Ilkley Visitor Information Centre, by phone on 01943 602319 and will be available on the door.

The second Ilkley Film Festival is scheduled for February 18 to 22, 2015.

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