Film: Brassed Off 15 rating Year: 1996
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Country: UK Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Mark Herman
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Tara Fitzgerald, Pete Postlethwaite, Stephen Tompkinson, Jim Carter

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Brassed Off Synopsis - Brassed Off is the story of a colliery band in the mining community of Grimley. The band have members both young and old , but all of them have links to the colliery which is under threat of closure. They are all too well aware what its closure will mean for both the band and for the wider community. Danny, the conductor of the band, is aware of the pressure on all the band members but whatever happens he believes the music is important to keep everyone together, and so he tries to stop them from giving up the fight. He seems to be fighting a losing battle until Gloria, the daughter of a colliery band legend, returns to the town and asks to join the band. Despite its long history of being a male only band they agree to let her join. The pit situation worsens and it becomes clear that Gloria knows even more about the the pit closure situation than she is letting on.

Review of Brassed Off - Brassed Off is an incredibly life affirming tale that deals with the fall out of the harsh treatment of mining communities both during and after the miners strike, and its affect on both the individuals and the communities. It's that focus on the individual stories which really make this a powerful and absorbing piece of work. It is a rather bleak tale, all the more so bearing in mind the story is a realistic tale of how the communities were ripped apart and left to rot by the government in the wake of the miners dispute. The brass band music is both a beautiful and incredibly poignant backdrop to the story of the crumbling industry, crumbling community, and also peoples lives.
The reasons I recommend Brassed Off are: 1. This is a story that needed to be told and is told very well. 2. The cast is superb especially Pete Postlethwaite, Tara Fitzgerald and Stephen Tompkinson. 3. Even if you are not a fan of brass band music, I'm sure you will find the music absolutely captivating.