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A fascinating insight into coal mining - an industry that not only had a profound effect on British society, but, as this collection proves - can also be spectacularly cinematic. Made between 1947 and 1984 by the National Coal Board Film Unit, these films include stories from across Britain about everything from pit ponies to brass bands, and feature a range of filmmaking styles from drama-documentaries to cartoons. PLEASE NOTE: The running time given is for the total running time of both discs in the collection
Set in the early 20th century, this is the story of a close-knit family living in tough conditions in a small mining village in the Welsh valleys.
11+ years 114 mins
Set against the 1984 Miner's Strike, Billy Elliot is a boy torn between his unexpected love of ballet and the disintegration of his family.
14+ years 110 mins
This collection on four DVDs brings together a wide range of both classic and lesser-known documentaries made in Britain between 1930 and 1950.
11+ years 720 mins
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