The Resource Beneath Black Skies

Beneath Black Skies

Label
Beneath Black Skies
Title
Beneath Black Skies
Contributor
Filmmaker
Subject
Summary
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
Cataloging source
VDU
Characteristic
videorecording
Date time place
Originally produced by Ronin Films in 2009
Language note
In English
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Pires, Sandra
  • Kanopy (Firm)
Runtime
70
Technique
live action
Label
Beneath Black Skies
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title from title frames
  • In Process Record
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (streaming video file)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
other
Publisher number
1060122
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)945754431
  • (CaSfKAN)kan1060122
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other
Label
Beneath Black Skies
Link
Publication
Note
  • Title from title frames
  • In Process Record
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (streaming video file)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
other
Publisher number
1060122
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)945754431
  • (CaSfKAN)kan1060122
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other

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