HIC is a not-for-profit community film club organised and run by Haringey residents. It’s usually held on the last Thursday of the month at West Green Learning Centre on West Green Road. Doors open at 7pm. Everyone welcome!
Thursday 29 January 2015
Still the Enemy Within
Owen Gower | UK, 2014 | 112 mins | Cert. 15
Riot police confront miners at Cortonwood Colliery. Photo: John Sturrock/reportdigital.co.uk
Below: Rally of women’s groups, Barnsley Civic Hall, May 1984. Photo: Martin Jenkinson/pastpixels.co.uk
Thirty years on, Still the Enemy Within explores one of the most dramatic events in UK history: the 1984/5 Miners’ Strike. Using interviews and a wealth of rare and never seen before footage, it gives raw, first-hand accounts from a group of miners and supporters who were on the frontline of the strike for an entire year; the people then Tory Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher labelled ‘the enemy within’.
In 1984 Thatcher declared war on the working class. For those who believe industrial disputes are between workers and their bosses, this film will shatter any such illusions. The government and police took sides, as they always do, with the bosses and threw all the state had at a small group of workers. We know now that Thatcher had secret plans drawn up to ensure the Miners were defeated, revealing a brutal disregard not just for an industry but entire communities.
Against all this, 160,000 coal miners and their supporters took up the fight and became part of a strike that would change the course of history. And if the TUC had had the courage or integrity to support them, it may have been a fight they won. How different the Britain of today might be if they had.
For Thatcher and the rest of the rich and powerful elite the working class will always be ‘the enemy within’; possessing a potential so threatening that they try to beat us down whenever they get the chance. At times the battle may be lost, but for as long as such stark inequality and injustice exists, the war continues.
Thursday 26 February 2015
Drôle de Félix (Adventures of Félix)
Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau | France, 2000 | 95 mins | Cert. 15
Félix (Sami Bouajila) is an almost unbelievably upbeat young Frenchman who manages to infect nearly everyone he meets with his beguiling, disarming and weirdly un-irritating positivity in the face of life’s various challenges. Félix and his joie de vivre could be seen as being all the more impressive for the fact that – unlike that better-known icon of modern French cinematic chirpiness, ‘Amélie’ – he is dark-skinned, gay, and HIV-positive.
Deciding to take a trip from his home town of Dieppe to travel all the way to Marseille in the south of France in a romantic attempt to meet the father he never knew, Félix sets in train one of the most fascinating and genuinely enjoyable road movies of recent years. In a series of episodic set pieces he encounters different characters from a diverse French demographic, none of whom he is biologically related to, but each of whom functions as a potential new brother, sister, grandmother or cousin.
Drôle de Félix is a wonderful, little-seen masterpiece from the French director
team Ducastel & Martineau. Flying in the face of pessimistic and divisive
narratives about France’s irreparable ‘tensions’, it is realistic both about the
realities of racism and neo-fascism and the potential for an uncrushable spirit
and genuine joyousness despite (or perhaps because of) everything.