Twin Pack The Dalfram Dispute & Beneath Black Skies DVD's

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Stories provoke and inspire and we are proud to present Pig Iron Bob! / The Illawarra, South of Sydney, once held a reputation for the dustiest and gassiest coal mines in Australia.
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The Dalfram Dispute

This film covers an episode in Australian history overlooked for far too long: the efforts by striking waterfront workers in Wollongong to stop the shipping of pig iron to imperialist Japan in the late 1930s. Framing the story with the figures of Trade Union leader Ted Roach and then Attorney General Robert Menzies, the film brings to life not only the clash of ideas between their two worldviews, but provides a window onto the fraught politics of late 1930s Australia. Drawing on a wide range of views from historians and commentators, as well as the daughters of Roach and Menzies, the film is a well-balanced and finely crafted account of this dramatic episode in Australian political culture.
Perhaps the film’s greatest success is the connection made between the local and the international. Against the backdrop of the rise of Japanese militarism and Tokyo’s invasion of Manchuria, the film shows the energising effect of these events on the consciences of the Waterfront workers at Port Kembla. It shows, too, their desire to not only have their voice heard but to shape the foreign policy of the nation on the cusp of the Second World War.

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Beneath Black Skies

The Illawarra, south of Sydney, once held a reputation for the dustiest and gassiest coal mines in Australia …

BENEATH BLACK SKIES is the powerful story of coal - Australia’s first mineral export – and the men and women who lived the mining life.

This remarkable history of coal-mining in the Illawarra region is told from the perspective of the miners, their wives, their unions, mining officials and historians. It’s a local community history but it’s also a story of national importance.

The Illawarra miners had a reputation as the most militant in the industry: they were at the forefront of campaigns such as the fight against dust and the struggle for a 35 hour week. In 1887, miners at the Old Bulli Colliery went on strike to improve conditions and increase pay. During the strike, company officials tried to bring in an outside workforce to replace the strikers. It was the women who stopped the ‘scab’ labour getting to the pits by standing in front of a moving train and with their babies pleading for the non-union men to return home. The strike proved fruitless as the miners didn’t win any gains. Yet, two months later, on 23 March 1887, the Bulli pit blew up, killing 81 men and boys and devastating the community.

In July 1902, the introduction of the safety lamp was a key issue being debated by the miners and officials. On that same day, gas reached a naked light in a mine at Mt Kembla, triggering Australia’s largest industrial disaster. 120 children became fatherless, when 96 men and boys were killed.

Narrated by Australian actor, David Field, and enhanced by a striking musical score and dramatic re-enactments, this film is a model of delivering history on film in a way that engages and stimulates audiences of all ages.

OFFICIAL SELECTION 2010 Canadian Labour International Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION 2011 Mayworks Festival of Labour & the Arts, Winnipeg, Canada
OFFICIAL SELECTION 2011 Taiwan Labour International Film Festival

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