Rio film marks 30th anniversary of miners’ strike

A film re-enacting one of the most violent confrontations between miners and police during the strike 30 years ago will be screened at the Rio Cinema tomorrow.

The Battle of Orgreave depicts a cavalry charge by police on June 18 1984 through the village of Orgreave, where a coking plant was situated.

Staged 17 years after the real life event more than 800 people participated in the re-enactment, with many former miners and a few former policemen, who relived the events from 1984 that they themselves took part in.

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is hosting the film at the cinema in Kingsland Road to mark the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike.

Jeremy Deller who organised the re-enactment will introduce the film, and discussion panel guests include Voice of Youth, a Daymer representative, Mike Simons from Hackney-based production company Bonobo who is making a film about the strike called “Still the enemy within” along with Hackney TUSC candidate Judy Beishon.

The film will be screened on Saturday March 29 at 2pm and tickets cost £7, £5 concessions and £4 for under-18s.