Directed by Owen Gower • Documentary • 2015 • 112 minutes
In 1984, a Conservative government under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher declared war on Britain's unions, taking on the strongest in the country, the National Union of Mineworkers. Following a secret plan, the government began announcing the closure of coal mines, threatening not just an industry but whole communities and a way of life.
Against all the forces the government could throw at them, 160,000 coal miners took up the fight. THE ENEMY WITHIN tells the story of a group of miners and supporters who were on the frontline of that strike for an entire year. These were people that Margaret Thatcher labelled 'the enemy within'.
Using interviews and a wealth of rare and never before seen archival footage, THE ENEMY WITHIN draws together personal experiences—whether they're tragic, funny or terrifying —to take the audience on an emotionally powerful journey through the dramatic events of that year.