In the early 20th century at the height of the British coal production, mining communities developed a
rich tradition of competitive brass bands. As the century drew to a close, the mines were closing and the communities
faced economic and social collapse. The anger and pride of one community band provide the basis for this not always
comic look at the social dynamics at play.
Rated R for language.
Post-film discussion led by Lex Miller.
About the director Mark Herman.
About the Grimethorpe Colliery Bank
featured in the film.
Other background on the film.
A selection of reviews of the film.