Film gives miners’ view of the strike that reshaped lives

Still the Enemy Within: pickets face police during the strike. Picture: John Sturrock/reportdigital.com
Still the Enemy Within: pickets face police during the strike. Picture: John Sturrock/reportdigital.com
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Still the Enemy Within, 
Showroom Cinema

This much-acclaimed documentary film is a unique insight into the miners’ strike from the point of view of those who took part including several from South Yorkshire.

The producers describe it as: “No experts. No politicians. Thirty years on, this is the raw first-hand experience of those who lived through the UK’s longest strike.

“Still the Enemy Within tells the story of a group of miners and supporters who were on the frontline of the strike for an entire year.

“These were the people Margaret Thatcher labelled ‘the Enemy Within’. Many of them have never spoken on camera before.

“Using interviews and a wealth of rare and never before seen archive, Still the Enemy Within draws together personal experiences – whether they’re tragic, funny or terrifying – to take the audience on an emotionally powerful journey through the dramatic events of that year.”

South Yorkshire miners Paul Symonds and Joe Henry both appear in the documentary alongside Joyce Sheppard, a miner’s wife who became heavily involved in Women Against Pit Closures.

Paul was a young development worker who was responsible for driving tunnels to create new coal faces underground at Frickley colliery when the strike began.

His story moves from the optimism and excitement of a young man fighting for his future to the tragic death of his best friend on a picket line.

Joe was in charge of the coal-cutting machine at South Kirby pit.

The film is showing tonight at 6.15pm, followed by a Q&A. Box office: http://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/ or call 275 7727.