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The Big Melt.

Fabulous short film come documentary come homage to steel and much more directed by none other than the brilliant Jarvis cocker. Only a hour long, no script, minimal dialogue just a series of archive film depicting life in and around the production  of steel set against a beautiful sound track of atmospheric contemporary music.

It shows life in and around northern engineering factories and steel Mills throughout the 20th century with some wonderfully poignant and evocative imagery. Mainly black and white but also some 70s colour footage of a bygone age and way of life. There are some astonishing images of construction that had me jaw dropped.

Particularly nostalgic and not without its sadness for myself and i would imagine anyone else involved in steel based manufacturing over the years. Onwards and upwards an all that, don't look back etc but I can't help thinking the concerted decision to abandon this industry has done more harm than good to this country. Especially in the areas that specialised in it where new industries like gambling, e bay trading, robbing, pound shop hopping  smoking weed, having babies and generally arsing about haven't really been a successful recovery story despite what you might have heard.
Plastic Man

Re: The Big Melt.

Late Doors wrote:
Especially in the areas that specialised in it where new industries like gambling, e bay trading, robbing, pound shop hopping  smoking weed, having babies and generally arsing about haven't really been a successful recovery story despite what you might have heard.


An attempt was made to buffer the demise of traditional industries by the emergence of new universities* offering degree courses in all the subjects you mention above.

*Former six form colleges and institutes for the educationally challenged
fartcatcher

Meeja studies and Criminology degrees seem all the rage now.

Reminds me of graffiti in the gents when I was a college boi.

Above the bog roll holder it said 'Sociology Degrees - please take one'.

That was in Birmingham - a city that could rival Sheffield for metal bashing. 2% unemployment in the early 70s, 35% in the early 80s. It's never recovered.

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