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Sunday, December 9 | 5 PM
Radio Unnameable
SCREENING FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH DIRECTOR Bill Morrison // Suggested Donation: $5

Miners Hymns crowd
Courtesy of Icarus Films

Miner's Hymns
Courtesy of Icarus Films

Miners Hymns
Courtesy of Icarus Films

Tribeca Film FesivalDoxa Sheffield

Filmmaker Bill Morrison, best known for his silent reverie Decasia, is one of the most well-regarded miners of found-footage. In The Miners' Hymns, Morrison shifts his emphasis from decaying footage to stunning black-and-white images.

The Miners' Hymns is an incredibly inspired documentary depicting the ill-fated mining community in northeast England. Weaving together footage from the British Film Institute, the BBC, and other sources, Morrison artfully constructs a story of British coal miners, at work below the surface, together with their vibrant, close-knit community above ground. 

Spanning 100 years - from the early 1900s, through years of increased mechanization, to the miners' strikes of the 1980s- and enriched by a sublime original score composed by avant-garde Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, The Miners Hymns is an unforgettable elegy to a vanished era of 20th-century working-class life.
An Icarus Films release
2011 // USA // 52min //


"Enthralling!... An elegant, elegiac found-footage work...this is the real deal...A miner himself of a type, Mr. Morrison has dug into the archives of the likes of the British Film Institute to cull primarily black-and-white images so rich, so alive with dirty faces, shadows and the occasional pit pony that they resurrect a world that for many has long been lost to history."
— Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"Morrison does not assemble, nor does he go directly from point A to point B. He manipulates images, enhancing mood and scoring progressive political points through his juxtapositions. The Burnsians are gifted artisans; Morrison goes further: He is an unapologetic poet, a unique talent."
- Howard Feinstein, Screen Daily

"An intensely emotional experience."
-Graham Fuller, Sight + Sound





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