Update on Still the Enemy Within Jan/Feb

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News from Still the Enemy Within

Thirty years ago, Thatcher went to war. These are the miners who fought back

Still the Enemy Within on Channel 4

At the beginning of the year the Still the Enemy Within team was interviewed by Paul Mason, for a special report on Channel 4 news, about the release of the Tory Cabinet papers. You can see the full interview and video by clicking here . The interview was filmed at the Still the Enemy Within office and featured one of the main contributors to the film, ex- miner Paul Symonds.

Paul Mason will be joining author, Guardian columnist and associate editor Seumas Milne at our special event to celebrate the start of the strike at Rich Mix Cinema on the 8th March (see details further down below).

The team get down and dirty in Wales

This month the team were in Bristol and Wales, interviewing ex-miners about their strike experience. They were lucky enough to film down an actual old mine shaft, as well as getting some stunning footage of ex-mining areas, to top it off they were joined by some unexpected horsey friends!

Extras needed for Drama Recon this Saturday Feb 8th – London

Dust off those Donkey Jackets, perm up that hair, dig out those badges and get ready to party like it’s 1984…… 

This Saturday (8th Feb) the team needs a large number of extras to help them recreate some key moments from the strike.

Filming will be all day from 0800 onwards in Haringey, North London.


  • 40 MEN to play miners of picketing age (16-55)
  • MEN, WOMEN and CHILDREN (ALL AGES) to play back ground parts in the social club (all children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian).
  • Any old Coal not Dole posters from the strike that can be used to dress the set.

These roles are unpaid but food will be provided on the day, along with travel costs up to £7.50 for those who need it, as well as our undying gratitude for your help!

If you are interested in helping out please email [email protected] with your contact number, age and gender. Please put the subject as ‘Extras’. We will send out full details later on this week.

Still the Enemy Within one day festival at Rich Mix

Photograph courtesy of John Sturrock/Reportdigital.co.uk who will showing his work on at the event
The 8th March 2014 will be the 30th anniversary of the start of the miners’ strike. To celebrate this date, Still the Enemy Within have teamed up with Rich Mix to organise a special one day festival. This will include exhibitions, films and debates. Events and attendees already confirmed:

  • Seumas Milne, columnist and associate editor for the Guardian, will launch an updated version of his fantastic book ‘The Enemy Within’.
  • Paul Mason Culture and Digital Editor of Channel 4 News, will join Seumas to discuss the book.
  • Members of Women against pit closures and founding members of the Gay and Lesbian Miners support group, will discuss building community support
  • A fantastic exhibition of photography from the time, alongside the relaunch of the photo book ‘Striking Back’ by ‘Still the Enemy Within’ Executive Producer Mike Simons.
  • The first UK screening of ‘Miners Shot Down’ about the Marikana massacre in South Africa will be shown alongside an exclusive preview clip of ‘Still the Enemy Within’ 

To see these and many, many more BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW BY VISITING http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/event/still-the-enemy-within/

Daytime £8, £5 concs, Evening £8, £5 concs, Joint ticket (day and evening) £12, £8 concs

Unite and NUM back film at national level

This week Still the Enemy Within received donations from the national executive of Unite the Union and the National Union of Mine workers. This brings the number of unions supporting the film, at a national level, to seven. Still the Enemy Within is continuing to get support from local union branches up and down the country, with over seventy individual branches backing the project

If your union branch has not yet donated to the film, you can download our highly successful model motion here

To see a full list of which branches have donated visit http://the-enemy-within.org.uk/thank-you-3/


All the best from the Bad Bonobo team!
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