The Miners' Hymns

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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 Jóhann Jóhannsson. 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 the Durham coalfield located in northeastern England, it depicts the hardship of pit work, the role of Trade Unions in organizing and fighting for workers' rights, the years of increased mechanization and the annual Miners' Gala in Durham. -- (C) Icarus

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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.

    Feb 9, 2012 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Noel Murray

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

    Feb 9, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • An elegant, elegiac found-footage work from Bill Morrison, best known for his silent-film reverie "Decasia."

    Feb 7, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • There are some mesmerizing images of the soot-covered miners at work and of children at play on a coal-strewn seashore.

    Feb 7, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Keith Uhlich

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

    Feb 7, 2012 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 12, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 stars | Full Review…

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