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Film review: Still the Enemy Within

Veterans of the Thatcher-era miners' strikes still display "pessimism of the intellect and optimism of the will"

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

© John Sturrock

Still the Enemy Within, Owen Gower’s documentary about the miners’ strike of 1984-5, begins and ends with the camera lingering on a wind blown patch of scrubland in South Yorkshire where the winding gear of Frickley Colliery once stood. In the film’s opening sequence, we see one of the men who worked underground at Frickley, which closed in 1993, remembering what the work was like. “It was brutally industrial in every single respect,” he says. The film closes on…

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