With Banners Held High is a short documentary film (31 minutes) that celebrates the resilience and humour of miners and women who went through the 1984/5 Miners’ Strike.
The yearlong strike was one of the most defining industrial actions in recent history. A Conservative government who labelled the miners ‘the enemy within’ planned to undermine the trade union movement and cripple an industry, decimating not only the collieries but the whole infrastructure and culture of mining communities.
The solidarity of striking miners and the emergence of a new feminist movement ‘Women Against Pit Closures’ inspired a humour and camaraderie which is apparent still today. This strength of spirit and resilience now forms an important place in the living heritage of mining communities some 30 years after the Strike.
In a series of personal interviews with ordinary people from the Strike and with the use of music, photographs, and archive material, With Banners Held High is an insightful, moving film that brings the experience of the Strike into perspective 30 years on.
Judi Alston is a film maker with 26 years of experience of documentary film making and extensive track record as a director and producer, camera person and editor for a wide range of work from television, arts, charities and public sector commissions. Judi has travelled widely throughout the world in her work as a film maker and has a long and successful track record of working within mining communities producing films and facilitating arts projects. Judi Alston is the Creative Director and CEO of One to One Development Trust.
Dean Hinchliffe is a DOP, sound recordist and editor on many short independent films and recently on a horror feature film with a crew and cast of over 500. Dean has worked with Judi Alston and One to One Development Trust on nearly 100 film projects over the last 15 years.
One to One Development Trust
One to One Development Trust, an arts based charity in Wakefield, (formally One to One Productions Ltd) has a long and successful track record of producing high quality documentary films and multimedia projects with a wide range of participants/communities in Yorkshire and beyond.
With Banners Held High has been funded through donations from individuals and trade unions. The project has been supported by Campaign for Press and Broadcast Freedom, The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign and the National Union of Mineworkers
One to One Development Trust, The Art House, Drury Lane, Wakefield, UK
Tel: 00 (44) 7901 686142
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