At the Coal Face: Working for the National Coal Board Film Unit

King Coal is first instalment in a major BFI project celebrating the industrial heritage of 20th century Britain. With screenings, live debates and education programs it aims to showcase the influence that this industry has had on our recent history and on contemporary life. In this discussion, chaired by Senior Non-Fiction Curator Patrick Russell, director Peter Pickering comments on the unique working conditions of the British coal mine, the relationship of the miners to their management in the face of nationalisation, and the help and support his team received whilst filming this most dangerous of British professions. Speaking with a quiet authority on the subject, Pickering’s comments do much to enlighten the viewer about the hardships faced by our men underground.


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