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The Miners' Hymns (2012)


Average Rating: 8.1/10
Reviews Counted: 9
Fresh: 9
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 5
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 4.4/5
User Ratings: 137


Movie Info

The ill-fated coal mining communities in North East England are the subject of this inspired documentary by multi-media artist Bill Morrison. Their story is told entirely without words, yet the film is far from silent: it features a remarkable original score by the Icelandic composer Jˇhann Jˇhannsson. Using rarely-seen footage from the British Film Institute, the BBC, and other archives, The Miners' Hymns celebrates social, cultural, and political aspects of the extinct industry. Focusing on … More

Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for The Miners' Hymns

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Morrison sketches a portrait of a vanished way of life for one Northeast England community, along with an explanation of sorts for why it disappeared.

Full Review… | February 9, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

A look at ill-fated mining communities in northern England.

Full Review… | February 9, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

An elegant, elegiac found-footage work from Bill Morrison, best known for his silent-film reverie "Decasia."

Full Review… | February 7, 2012
New York Times
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There are some mesmerizing images of the soot-covered miners at work and of children at play on a coal-strewn seashore.

Full Review… | February 7, 2012
Time Out New York
Top Critic

It speaks eloquently about the disappearance of most any indigenous working-class culture.

Full Review… | February 7, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

Filmmaker Bill Morrison mined the archives of the British Film Institute for found footage for this poetic and haunting impressionistic study about coal mining in England.

Full Review… | February 12, 2012

Imaginatively re-purposes archival footage in collaboration with Johannsson's stirring score. . . to bring back the proud miners like ghosts . . .of labor's heritage.

Full Review… | February 12, 2012

Found-footage work by filmmaker Bill Morrison matches archival scenes of miners in North England to a new musical score.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
Film Journal International

In contrast to the vast, impersonal sweep of the contemporary footage, the archival material, some of which dates back over 100 years, is eerily intimate.

Full Review… | April 22, 2011
Slant Magazine

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