Still the Enemy Within + Q&A Cert. 15 Picture house at FACT

  • Released2014
  • Running time113 minutes
  • DirectorOwen Gower
  • GenreDocumentary

Still the Enemy Within, winner of this year’s International Sheffield Documentary Festival Audience Award, 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.

Using interviews and a wealth of rare and never before seen archive, it draws together personal experiences to take the audience on an emotionally powerful journey through the dramatic events of that year. Including, a powerful interview with the real-life star of this year’s hit Pride, Mike Jackson.

Still The Enemy Within 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”.

‘One of the year's best documentaries’ - The Quietus
***** 'A powerful history lesson" We’ve Got This Covered
***** 'Thought-provoking and unforgettable’ ZOO
**** 'Crucial, sober and surprisingly affirming’ The New Internationalist
‘Inspiring, uplifting and moving’ Ben Elton

Photographs courtesy of John Sturrock/

Recommened by Chris Harris, Picturehouse at FACT film programmer

It features all the key people who led the Miner’s Strike and their stories. It’s a really emotional film, which definitely opened my eyes to the struggles the miners had even amongst themselves. It’s a really good examination of the period and we’re really excited that the producers will be at the screening for the Q&A.

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