The final edit of a collaborative video between Tom Williams and myself. Based on the poem of the same name by John Cooper Clarke, the film takes influence from the miner’s strikes when Margaret Thatcher was in power during the 80s.
The video conveys the emotions of the miners by having a dirtied, grubby miner’s hand write out Clarke’s poem in charcoal, while Thatcher narrates the ineffectiveness of Trade Unions. As the narration fades and Thatcher receives opposition from the Commons, the film fades to black, suggesting a change in the mentality of the working class and a desire to fight back. This is exemplified by particular features changing; the colour scheme is inverted, the miner is now writing on a black background, opposing Thatcher and there is a change in the pace of the writing and audio.
The art style is influenced by Gary Hume, who primarily uses pastel colours and paint for his outcomes. By combining this with a brick wall, we were able to represent the picket line. The second audio track is designed to be more aggressive so as to represent JCC’s punk ethics.
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