I loved this movie - set at the time of the closing down of the coal fields in Yorkshire this is a moving story of a brass band, famous in Yorkshire at those times. This one seems based on the Grimethorpe Colliery band who were champions. The story mixes the struggles the band go thru to get to the grand finals together with the only woman member of the band who turns out to be working for management..
A great story and great music.Totally chamged my appreciation of Brass Bands.
saw this years ago.very funny
For anyone who enjoys a spot of brass band music, this is a winner. Combine it with a good story
Goria (Tara Fitzgerald), in her early 20s, moves into digs in Grimley, a large village not far from Barnsley in South Yorkshire. She accepted an office job at the local colliery hoping to meet up with Andy whom she fell in love with while still at school. But the colliery may close any day, the deep shafts too costly to work. The miners have been asked to vote on whether to keep it open, or accept a 20,000 pounds redundancy payment. The renowned Grimley Colliery Band gather for what might be their last practice session. Danny (Pete Postlethwaite), the band's leader, is surprised when Gloria shows up with her flugelhorn, and he and the bandsmen are astonished when she plays the solo part in Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez so beautifully. Sitting right next to her is Andy (Ewan McGregor), and they are soon chatting like old friends. Danny and the band decide to go ahead and take part in the 14 village band contest despite the imminent closure of the colliery. Filmed on location in the village of Grimethorpe, the colliery there managed to stay open for 10 years after the first closures. Going nuclear rather than staying with coal was a decision that had a devastating impact on mining communities at the time, but in hindsight proved the right one. The Grimethorpe Colliery Band, whose members made up much of the band in the film, has an impressive history of performances and awards. The excellent soundtrack is not confined to brass band music. Pete Postlethwaite heads a cast of fine actors most of whom will be familiar to followers of British drama.
I HAD OWNED A COPY TILLI SHIFTED, WAS TERRIFIC TO OBTAIN IT AGAIN, ENJOYED IT IMMENSLEY
A good english film obviously based on a TV series. The band was and its music were excellent
great music, brilliant acting and a very engaging story, highly recommended
Warm insights into the world of yesterday's workers. Moving.