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Still the Enemy Within is a unique insight into one of history’s most dramatic events: the 1984-85 British Miners’ Strike.
Still the Enemy Within is a unique insight into one of history’s most dramatic events: the 1984-85 British Miners’ Strike.
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(Still) The Enemy Within: A film about the Miners Strike

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"Although it feels like a life time away, the miners’ strike has never really left us behind, the ones who directly lived through it – who experienced the highs and the lows of fighting for the right to work. Realistically it’s never left the consciousness of this country. That is why it’s so important the right stories are told, the right voices are heard." Louise Harrison, daughter of Keith Harrison, Askern Colliery NUM

(Still) The Enemy Within will tell the story of the 1984-85 miners’ strike through the voices of some of the tens of thousands of young miners who followed their union president Arthur Scargill through a year of unprecedented struggle. It will describe the experiences of ordinary people – striking miners, their families and supporters across the country – who had no choice but to step on to the stage of history in one of the biggest industrial disputes Britain has ever seen.

Why did the miners fight? What was gained? What was lost? How did they change personally? What has happened to the communities and areas that were the battlegrounds for nearly a year? Finally, what has happened to those described as by Thatcher as `The Enemy Within' ?

We want to share a unique and compelling story, introducing the amazing and brave characters who played such a massive role in British history.

We want to create an archive, we want to ensure that those who lost in strike do not lose their place in history.  

We want to create a tool, for all those who wish to engage with current social and political struggles, to learn from one of the greatest social and political struggles ever fought.

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HOW WILL WE MAKE IT?

In 2013 we will conduct a number of one and two day workshops around the country interviewing ex-miners, their supporters and their families. Through these interviews we will piece together the narrative of the strike from the point of few of those involved.

Alongside this, we will follow the everyday lives now of those who were described thirty years ago as 'jack booted pickets'. We will discover if the strike still affects them, if it has influenced their personal lives and if they still think about it. What is about them as individuals that drew them to the dispute? The film will culminate a trip to Durham miners gala where we hope to bring together different groups from around the country.

WHY NOW?

The film will be completed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the strike in 2014. We hope to hold a series of screenings at independent cinemas nationwide around the anniversary, as well as secure broadcast for the film on a major television channel. Thirty years on the voices from Britain’s longest, most bitter strike still need to be heard.

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP?

We have access to fantastic contributors, beautiful photographs and hardworking crew (filming starts in January, in Yorkshire, so you know they´re keen). But we need your help for the following:

Camera kit: We want to make a beautiful film as well as tell a story; capturing the stunning rural landscape that was turned into a battleground for nearly a year. As professionals we know the better our camera equipment, the easier it is to do this. The camera we will use will cost £200 per day to hire, we will be shooting for a minimum of 14 days at an estimated cost of £2800. 

Travel: Due to the cost of petrol and trains and the rural nature of many of the ex-mining areas, at least £600 will be spent on travel to and from South Yorkshire alone.

Food: We need to feed our crew and contributors on filming days. If people are working for free, they need to be well fed or they get well fed up!  This will cost between 70 to 100 per day. Minimum estimated cost will be £980.

Post-production and archive footage: We need money for storage and space to work in, as well the all important archive. It costs thousands of pounds per second to use archive from the BBC and ITN. Although we have set our target as £6000, every extra penny will be spent on licensing archive footage and raising the quality of the film. So if you want to see the footage of Orgreave played the right way round, please donate generously. 

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Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge to this project is raising enough money to buy the archive footage of the dispute. We are an independent group of people making this film because we are passionate about the story and the subject of the strike.

We do not have access to the commercial footage that would come with making a film directly for a major channel, but neither do we have to deal with the pressure to stick to the mainstream narrative. We will tell the story from the side of the people who participated, and not sound bites from 'experts'. However, this does mean we will have to be very creative to make project visually exciting.

Everybody working on this project is working part-time, for free, because they love it; they must also work at the same time to pay rent. There are no full-time interns who can afford to work for free. This means we have to be flexible on when and where we film.

Likewise our contributors are working people who cannot take days off on a wim. However, we are all professional film makers who can deliver this project given a little bit of support and will donate every available moment to making it a success. To overcome this we have set ourselves a long time period in which to complete the film.

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    SUPPORT THE MINERS - You will be listed as a supporter on our website. You will receive exclusive updates on the film and have access to exclusive teasers and footage of interviews made during production.

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    COAL NOT DOLE - All of the above PLUS a downloadable copy of the film and artwork after its premiere AND a vintage replica sheet of yellow COAL NOT DOLE stickers.

    PLUS TIME LIMITED OFFER: ALL THOSE WHO PLEDGE BEFORE DECEMBER 25th WILL RECEIVE AN EXCLUSIVE THANK YOU XMAS CARD FROM THE TEAM

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    STREET COLLECTION - All of the above (film, stickers, artwork) PLUS a limited edition (Still) The Enemy Within badge and a high quality A3 print of the film poster.

    PLUS TIME LIMITED OFFER: ALL THOSE WHO PLEDGE BEFORE DECEMBER 25th WILL RECEIVE AN EXCLUSIVE THANK YOU XMAS CARD FROM THE TEAM

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    OFFICIAL WORKPLACE COLLECTION - All of the above (Stickers, badge, download, poster) PLUS two FREE tickets to any local screening of the film.

    PLUS TIME LIMITED OFFER: ALL THOSE WHO PLEDGE BEFORE DECEMBER 25th WILL RECEIVE AN EXCLUSIVE THANK YOU XMAS CARD FROM THE TEAM AND A PACK OF SPECIAL STRIKE THEMED CHRISTMAS CARDS

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    Pledge £250 or more About $313

    OFFICIAL MINERS SUPPORT GROUP - All of the above (Stickers, badge, download, poster, tickets) PLUS choose your own poster design from the a selection of unique photographs of the strike and we will send you a framed copy AND we will send you signed copy of STRIKING BACK: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE GREAT MINERS STRIKE.

    PLUS TIME LIMITED OFFER: ALL THOSE WHO PLEDGE BEFORE DECEMBER 25th WILL RECEIVE AN EXCLUSIVE THANK YOU XMAS CARD FROM THE TEAM AND A PACK OF SPECIAL STRIKE THEMED CHRISTMAS CARDS

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    OFFICIAL PICKET - All of the above (Stickers, badge, download, poster, tickets and book) PLUS private screening of the film at venue of your choice (depending on suitability) PLUS member of team to talk about the film.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,251

    FLYING PICKET - All of the above (stickers, badge, download, poster, tickets, book, screening) PLUS we will provide a private first screening of the film in your home with food for five people (depending on house size). You will get a WITH THANKS credit at the end of the film AND executive producer credit AND you can help us shape the film by joining us on a shoot day to see how the documentary is made first hand. FINALLY we will include an interview with you on our website about your reasons for supporting the project and/or memories of the strike.

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    SOLIDARITY STRIKE - All of the above (stickers, badge, download, poster, tickets, book, screening, production day, interview) PLUS a trip to the Durham Miners gala in July for two people including transport, accommodation and dinner for two nights AND an exclusive walking tour around the ex-mining areas for four people with the director as your guide.

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