Invading the Skin of the Earth: COAL

With Mike Small (Bella Caledonia, Enough!), Dr Maria Antonia Velez Serna (Communications, Media and Culture, University of Stirling) and Chris Silver, a writer and researcher who will tell us about his month-long journey visiting coal mining communities and spaces of resistance across Europe.

Wed, 8 January 2020, 6pm – 8:30pm

Billiard Room, The Pearce Institute
840-860 Govan Road, Glasgow, G51 3UU

Tickets £0 – £6 – book yours on Eventbrite.

Screenings of:

  • ‘People Will Always Need Coal’, 1975, 1 min, South Wales miners ad, British Film Institute

In a pitch apparently designed to outdo contemporary army recruitment films, the ad promises a non-stop world of macho glamour, fun, romance and sex.

  • ‘Coalmining in Central Scotland’, 1930 – 1939, 15:54 min, Lanarkshire Experimental Group, National Library of Scotland’s Moving Images Archive

This film shows the activities above and below ground in a typical Scottish colliery. Produced with the co-operation of the Coltness Iron Co. Ltd.

  • ‘Wealth from Coal’, 1940, 10 mins, directed by Edgar Anstey for the Realist Film Unit production, British Film Institute

In a world built on the coal industry, the discovery and use of crude coal by-products for plastics and drugs became increasingly urgent during WWII, from motor fuel to plastics, pneumonia medicine and fertilisers.

 With thanks to Shifting Ground, Film Hub North.