It’s the General Strike 1926 – Only seven years after the slaughter of the trenches, millions of workers across the country down tools to take part in the biggest walk out in British history, taking a stand against savage austerity …

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It’s the General Strike 1926 – Only seven years after the slaughter of the trenches, millions of workers across the country down tools to take part in the biggest walk out in British history, taking a stand against savage austerity cuts imposed by a Liberal-Conservative government.

Robert Rae’s epic, sweeping portrait of a definitive moment in the history of social justice charts the lives of three Scottish families as they deal with questions of loyalty, honour, love and trust in the midst of the Strike. Created with over 1000 members of the Fife community, this moving story of the hardship faced
by the miners is ultimately a celebration of the indomitable human spirit, which will resonate around the globe.

A game changing work that casts the people of the Fife Coalfield Communities at the heart of their own story, and tells it in their own voices, imprinting it permanently on film. TWS has created an enduring social and artistic legacy that gave many participants what they have described as “the time of their lives.

The Facts

  • Four years in the making (2008-2012)
  • Over 1,000 voluntary participants
  • 88,440 hours (more than 10 years) freely invested by participants
  • More than 260 professionally led workshops in all aspects of film development, support and production
  • 11 formal, financially supported, trainee placements for Fife young people
  • Youngest participant Mikayla Wilkinson: 2 weeks old, and the eldest, Nan Phillips was 93 years old

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