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The Big Meeting Rated 12A

The Big Meeting

Dir. Daniel Draper. UK, 2019. 1h 31m. Starring Heather Ward, Stephen Guy, Robert McManners, Emma Shankland, John Irvin, Ben Sellers, Liam Young.

Every second Saturday in July, since 1871, the city of Durham is taken over by parades, brass bands, and trade-unions for one of the biggest public gatherings in Europe, the Durham Miners’ Gala. Attracting 200,000 people, the “Big Meeting” remains a proud expression of working-class solidarity long after the mines have closed. Daniel Draper’s celebratory documentary follows the preparations and the day of last year’s gala. 

‘Rich, heartfelt and intimate tribute to the Durham Miners’ gala…a proud expression of working-class solidarity that has now been restored’ ★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian