The Miners' Hymns
The Miners' Hymns (2012)

The ill-fated coal mining communities in North East England are the subject of this inspired documentary by multi-media artist Bill Morrison. Their story is told entirely without words, yet the film is far from silent: it features a… More

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Release Date: February 8, 2012
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Noel Murray
AV Club

Morrison sketches a portrait of a vanished way of life for one Northeast England community, along with an explanation of sorts for why it disappeared.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

There are some mesmerizing images of the soot-covered miners at work and of children at play on a coal-strewn seashore.

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Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com

Imaginatively re-purposes archival footage in collaboration with Johannsson's stirring score. . . to bring back the proud miners like ghosts . . .of labor's heritage.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

A look at ill-fated mining communities in northern England.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

It speaks eloquently about the disappearance of most any indigenous working-class culture.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Found-footage work by filmmaker Bill Morrison matches archival scenes of miners in North England to a new musical score.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

An elegant, elegiac found-footage work from Bill Morrison, best known for his silent-film reverie "Decasia."

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Jennifer Merin
About.com

Filmmaker Bill Morrison mined the archives of the British Film Institute for found footage for this poetic and haunting impressionistic study about coal mining in England.

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

In contrast to the vast, impersonal sweep of the contemporary footage, the archival material, some of which dates back over 100 years, is eerily intimate.

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