THE HAPPY LANDS

By Robert RAE

OURLAND PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2012

"When we fought for our country we were heroes, but when we fought for own they called us traitors."

“Robert Rae’s star-free depiction of the 1920s Fife miner’s strike was a powerful piece of work, beautifully lensed. A rough, sparkling diamond.” Roger Crow, Huffingdon Post. no 4 2013 Best Films

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Robert RAE
    • Writer(s)
    • Robert RAE, Peter COX
    • Producer(s)
    • Helen TREW (OurLands)
    • Synopsis
    • It's the General Strike 1926 - Only seven years after the slaughter of the trenches, millions of workers across the country down tools to take part in the biggest walk out in British
      history, taking a stand against savage austerity cuts imposed by a Liberal-Conservative government.

      Robert Rae’s epic, sweeping portrait of a definitive moment in the history of social justice charts the lives of three Scottish families as they deal with questions of loyalty, honour, love and
      trust in the midst of the Strike.

      Created with over 1000 members of the Fife community, this moving story of the hardship faced by the miners is ultimately a celebration of the indomitable human spirit, which will resonate around the globe

      “I’m still not sure that everyone appreciates just how significant this film is. This is the working class telling working class history. This is rare and valuable and stands up, head high, alongside any political film I ever helped to make, or any I have seen.” Tony Garnett (Producer, Kes, Cathy Come Home)

      “It is marvellous cinema and so much more. To be honest I was somewhat surprised and very impressed by the high quality of the production, international standard in every aspect. As a story it does not flinch from the harrowing events and cruel injustices, yet it has humour and inspiration.” Tom Brown, Daily Record

      ‘It's a fine film, beautifully shot and very moving. The acting is excellent - amazing given that the cast are the villagers themselves. But perhaps this closeness lent an authenticity that professional actors might have struggled with”. David Elliot, Director Arts, British Council.

      ‘This moving film portrays how the mining villages of Fife and the working-class heroes who fought for better conditions were made to suffer during the nationwide stand against the bosses. It was only 1926. Eighty-seven years. Still living history. Not really so long ago. But its sounds like another world. A world where whole families stood against rapacious bosses and terrible hardship and endured, shoulder to shoulder. Class war sounds a little quaint now. Like Socialism, we’re meant to be past all that.
      When the Royal Bank of Scotland think it is just about acceptable to suggest their executives can get £250million of bonus, when almost twice as many millionaires as was predicted will be £100,00 a year richer because of tax cuts for the very highest earners. When our welfare state, our benefits and pensions system, built by the blood, sweat and sacrifice of our parents and grandparents, is under unprecedented attack from a pack of Eton-educated millionaires
      Sunday Mail, Editorial, February 3, 2013
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