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1984-85 Miners

04 September 2014

Bad Bonobo Films announces that its highly anticipated documentary about the 1984-85 miners’ strike Still The Enemy Within and winner of this year’s International Sheffield Documentary Festival Audience Award, will be released across the UK from 3rd October 2014.

Still the Enemy Within is a unique human insight into one of Britain’s most dramatic struggles, the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike. No experts. No politicians. Thirty years on, this is the raw emotional story of the extraordinary people who drove Britain’s longest strike.

Against all the forces the government could throw at them, 160,000 coal miners took up the fight and became part of a battle that would change the course of history. 

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 people that 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 tragic, funny or terrifying – to take the audience on an emotionally powerful journey through the dramatic events of that year. It is ultimately a universal tale of ordinary people standing up for what they believe in. It challenges us to look again at our past so that in the words of one miner, “we can still seek to do something about the future”.

Directed by Owen Gower, produced by Sinead Kirwan and Mark Lacey, executive produced by Christopher Hird and crowd-funded, the film has the support of Ken Loach, John Pilger and Lee Hall (writer of Billy Elliott). Still The Enemy Within will be released in UK cinemas from 3rd October before a London Premiere at the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square on 4th October and just after the much anticipated Pride starring Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton, which features the dramatized story of Mike Jackson one of the film’s contributors.

Director Owen Gower said, “We are immensely honoured to have worked with some of the finest people I have ever met, and to have been allowed to tell their story. I just hope that more people will have the chance to be inspired by their courage through our movie, just as I have.”

Producer Sinead Kirwan said, “The response to the film so far has been incredibly and we cannot wait to share the story of these, funny courageous and extraordinary people with the wider public.”

For further details on the film and trailer click here

The Frontline Club London 3/10/14
Prince Charles Cinema London 4/10/14
Markethall Cinema Wales (WELSH PREMIERE) 9/10/14
Crouch End Arts Cinema 9/10/14
Rio Cinema London 11/10/14
Stratford East Picture House London 12/10/14
Cardiff Chapter 14/10/14
Barbican Cinema 14/10/14
Bradford Media Museum 15/10/14
Ultimate Picture Palace Oxford 16/10/14
Cambridge Arts Picture House 19/10/14
Brighton Komedia 20/10/14
Curzon Clevedon Somerset 21/10/14
The Cube Bristol 21/10/14
Tyneside Cinema  Newcastle 22/10/14
FACT Liverpool 23/10/14
The Miners Manchester 24/10/14
Barnsley Civic 25/10/14
Hyde Park Leeds 26/10/14
Hebden Picture House 26/10/14
York Picture House 27/10/14
Lochgelly Lecture theatre fife 28/10/14
Scottish Parliament TRAILER 29/10/14
The Electric palace in Hastings 1/11/14
Hippodrome Falkirk Community cinema 2/11/14
Cameo, Edinburgh 2/11/14
Grosvenor Glasgow 3/11/14
The Lighthouse Cinema Wolverhampton 3/11/14
Into Film Festival Cambridge 4/11/14
Sheffield Showroom Cinema 4/11/14
Macrobert Cinema Stirling 4/11/14
The Plough Arts Centre Great Torrington 5/11/14
Macrobert Cinema Stirling 6/11/14
The Little Theatre Bath 9/11/14
Nottingham Broadway, Nottingham 10/11/14
The Quad, Derby 11/11/14
The Phoenix Leicester 12/11/14
The Stow Lounge London 13/11/14
Arnolfini Bristol 23/11/14
Rich Mix Cinema 04/12/14
The Plaza Cinema Liverpool TBC



Director & Producer – Owen Gower
Owen has an extensive background in factual television and documentaries, most recently producing on the landmark natural history series ‘The Burrowers’ for the BBC. Owen began his career co-shooting the flagship Channel 4 documentary ‘Antony Gormley: Making Space’ with acclaimed director Beeban Kidron. Since then he has worked on a number of major television documentaries including the triple Emmy award winning ‘First Life’, with David Attenborough, as well as a huge range of productions for the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky One, National Geographic, Discovery and The History Channel. This will be his first feature film as director.

Producer – Sinead Kirwan
Sinead has worked in television as a Producer and Production Coordinator. She started off working with Spectacle productions, where she developed a strong ability to maintain quality and integrity on a budget. She soon moved into factual television, working for the BBC, BBC Learning, Discovery and UK Living TV. Most recently she has worked in broadcast journalism producing in-depth packages for Bader TV in the US and Germany for broadcasters CNN, Fox News and the Trinity Network, as well as producing high-end corporate projects for General Motors, Volkswagen and Levis. Sinead is Mike Simon’s (Executive Producer) step-daughter and has known many of the miners in the film since childhood.

Producer – Mark Lacey
Mark Lacey has worked on a number of Bafta and Oscar nominated shorts and feature films as well as high end corporate films as a Production Manager and Assistant Director. He recently had the pleasure of working as lead 3rd Assistant Director on Tim Burton’s animated feature Frankenweenie. Through these, he has gained valuable contacts throughout the industry and the skills needed to drive a project forward. He brings a wealth of experience in budgeting, scheduling, organisation and experience in managing large and small budget productions.

Executive Producer – Mike Simons
Mike Simons is a journalist, editor and author who has worked on two acclaimed books about the 1984–85 Miners Strike: ‘Striking Back’ and ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears: Photographs from the Great Miners’ Strike’ alongside photographer John Sturrock. He is an expert on the period and has had relationship with miners, supporters and photographers from across the coalfield for over the thirty years. His work has been widely used by academics and writers about the strike.

Executive Producer – Christopher Hird
Christopher Hird is a leading figure in UK independent documentary making. He is a former chair of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival, was the founding chair of the Channel Four BRITDOC Foundation, and is a trustee of the Grierson Trust (www.griersontrust.org), the Wincott Foundation (www. wincott.co.uk) and One World Media (www.oneworldmedia.org.uk). He is managing editor at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, City University London and founder and managing director of Dartmouth Films, pioneers of independent documentary funding, production and distribution in the UK. His credits as Executive Producer include Sundance selected films Black Gold (2006), The End of the Line (2009), The Flaw (2011) and Fire in the Blood (2013), the last two of which premiered at Sheffield DocFest.