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You must watch this!!
on 19 July 2015
Whilst not pretending to know much about the art of filmmaking I believe that this is a great movie. I am a Fifer, born in St.Andrews, raised in Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline. My mother was born and raised in the Bowhill area in West Fife in 1933 and she told me many stories of her upbringing there and about her parents and extended family who were miners and of mining families. Sadly I never knew my mining ancestors. The "Happy Lands", the name given to the streets where the children used to play and laugh, were indeed her playground as a young girl.She often spoke about the great spirit of community she experienced there whilst growing up. This is very much reflected in the film. Indeed watching it I actually felt her stories come to life and it was as I was watching members of my family past; my Great "Grandai" Ross, the miner who was in charge of a team of men and who worked his own son, also in his team, too hard so as to prove to the other men that he did not show his own son any favouritism. Unfortunately he was almost working his own son to death! This ended when my great grandmother stepped in and demanded that their
son be moved to another team. The strength of the miners wives demonstrated and this is reflected in the film. My grandfather John Marr was especially skilled in many aspects of mining including the use of explosives and in first aid. I remember reading his old first aid book as a kid. He was buried alive for several days and eventually rescued but had sustained a head injury which left him prone to epileptic seizures. An air raid warden during WW2 he was sometimes unable to perform his duties because of his epilepsy and at those times his wife, my grandmother, would put on his tin hat etc and do the job in his place. When my mother was born in 1933 she had no heartbeat andonly survived because of the tenacity and skill of the local GP. Whenever the GP met her again, even as she was a bright young thing in her twenties, he referred to her as "his miracle baby". Such spirit oozes out of this movie. It was quite emotional for me watching these actors (though incredibly only a few are professional actors whilst the others are people from the local community) ostensibly play members of my own family and do it so well and with honour and integrity. To all those involved in the making of this wonderful film I thank you sincerely for helping me visualise better the wonderful stories my late mother told me about her childhood growing up in this very mining community. Sadly she passed away before
this film was made but I know she would have loved every minute of it and would most likely have been reduced to tears ( in a good way!!) by it. I would also like to thank all those involved in the making and distribution of this film on her behalf; a true child of the "Happy Lands".