Dalston trio search for crowdfunding support to tell “real story” behind Miners’ Strike

08:01 22 November 2013

Miners Strike at Cortonwood Colliery in Yorkshire, 84/85 photo credit John Sturrock/

Miners Strike at Cortonwood Colliery in Yorkshire, 84/85 photo credit John Sturrock/

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Young people wanting to make a documentary - Still The Enemy Within - telling the “real story” behind the Miners’ Strike in the 80s have been backed by unions, MPs and veteran film-makers like Ken Loach, John Pilger and Christopher Hird.

Sinead meets the miners for the first timeSinead meets the miners for the first time

Producers Sinead Kirwan, 28, and Mark Lacey, 33, and director Owen Gower, 29, spent the summer interviewing miners about their memories of the strike in 1984–85.

Now the Dalston-based trio are trying to raise £35,000 to complete the film entitled “Still The Enemy Within”, in reference to what striking miners, their families and supporters were labelled by Margaret Thatcher, the Prime Minister at the time.

Ms Kirwan, whose mother and journalist step-father housed miners in their De Beauvoir home at the time, as they travelled to London to strike, wants to make the film to highlight the contradiction between what people are told about the miners’ strike and what actually happened.

“The story of the strike is always told as a battle of Thatcher versus Scargil that was going to end in inevitable defeat,” explained Ms Kirwan who lives in Powerscroft Road, Lower Clapton.

“The year of strike is described terribly and the miners are portrayed as victims.

“Yet when you speak the miners’ they describe it as the best year of their life - these people knew what they were fighting against, which was a well planned attack by the Tory government to destroy trade unionism in Britain.

She continued: “They experienced hardship but also incredibly levels of humanity and most importantly, they nearly won.

“Their story is an inspiration for anyone who wants to try and make the world better, and particularly anyone fighting the current wave of austerity.”

Socialist filmmaker, Ken Loach, who was among those who attended a special crowd funding campaign launch event for the film at Somerset House last week, said it is important the film is made.

“The mainstream media didn’t tell the truth about the miners’ strike when it happened, and the same lies are still being told,” he said.

MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington Diane Abbott and former children’s Laureate and Hackney resident Michael Rosen have also voiced support for the film,

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