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The Big Meeting + Q&A

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  • Tue 1 Oct
  • 91 minutes
  • Director: Daniel Draper
  • Cast: Heather Ward, Stephen Guy, Robert McManners, Emma Shankland, John Irvin, Ben Sellers, Liam Young
  • UK (2019)


Geneesis Revelations presents Daniel Draper's The Big Meeting followed by a Q&A with Daniel, the film's producer Christie Allanson, and John Irvin, director of the 1963 short film Gala Day starring  Tony Benn, George Brown and Hugh Gaitskell.

Every second Saturday in July the city of Durham is taken over by miners, trade-unions and the public for a major event known locally as THE BIG MEETING. The Durham Miners' Gala

is an annual celebration of noise, colour and solidarity, of class culture, creativity and endeavour. Attracting 200,000 people, banners and brass bands parade through the streets to honour their heritage. THE BIG MEETING reflects the past, present and future of the Gala and labour movement, whilst following four protagonists over the course of this impressive working-class occasion.