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Plot: Semi-documentary, focusing on the training young boys receive before they are sent down the mines on their first job.
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I grew up not far from the area in which this was filmed and to be honest that was about all there was to the film to hold my interest until the end. It looks like it was filmed in Easington, one of three coastal colliery villages along a 4 mile stretch of the East Durham coast. Easington was later the location for Billy Elliott and the blackened beach in front of the pit, visible at the end of the film, was used by the Who as the location for the cover shot of their album Who’s Next. Also ‘Tinker” culminates in a brief action sequence filmed in and around what, as kids, we called the ‘aerial buckets’. That setting is pretty much identical to that used for the final scenes in Get Carter though those particular ‘aerial buckets’ were 3-4 miles to the south at Blackhall. Miners in these coastal pits would often spend much of their working day at coal faces some miles out underneath the North Sea.
The main, perhaps only, fascination of the film is how much it takes for granted that it would be appropriate to send large numbers of boys in their early teens into what at that time would have been a particularly dangerous working environment. It is a sobering coincidence that, in 1951, only two years after this was made, an explosion at Easington killed 83 miners.
As for rating the film itself – well as a documentary it doesn’t tell us much (not intentionally anyway).and as a drama it doesn’t get off the ground, just sort of builds falteringly to a sort of climactic action scene. 5 out of 10 then for bravely putting a script in the hands of fairly rigid non-actors (sprinkled with what seem to be a couple of stage school kids) for what we can assume were the best of intentions. A failed experiment.
Viewed with stunned disbelief
Now I was aware of the Bevan Boys who were sent down the pit during the Second World War in order to increase the capacity of the coal mines.However I was totally unaware,as documented in this film ,that boys as young as 12 were actually recruited after the war to work in the mines.There they are being taught how to prepare an explosive charge,and then at the end of the film we see them going down to the coal face.In between there is a lot of footage of the Durham Miners Gala,which is obviously quite historic.It is though difficult to understand what the point of the film was,particularly since there seems to be so little information available as to its production,The National Coal Board had its own production unit and produced some very professional documentaries and promotional films.So unlikely to be anything to do with them.So basically a historical curiosity.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 10 min (70 min)
Director Herbert Marshall
Writer Herbert Marshall, Alfredda Brilliant
Actors Derek Smith
Country United Kingdom
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm