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Archive 2005

DEC 2005: ANOTHER RECORD YEAR FOR MUSEUM !

The Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum at Skinningrove reports that the film has helped bring in record visitor numbers for the 2nd year running. Congrats and here's to more of the same in 2006. The museum was used as one of the underground locations in the film. If you haven't been, it is well worth a trip.


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NOV 2005: HILDA COLE (1914-2005)

Hilda passed away in November, aged 91. She was the last of the cast that I found and what a stroke of luck. She was a former lay preacher and despite being almost deaf and blind was still razor sharp and a great speaker. When I asked her about appearing in the film, she made it very clear that she was only interested in telling the story of how life really was and not some romanticised version of it. This was music to my ears and she was excellent. R.I.P.



OCT 2005: TOM KERRISON (1907-2005)

On October 30th, Tom bowed out peacefully at the grand age of 98. Truly the end of an era, he was the last of the long term miners, working 25 years in the pit as well as being the sole survivor of the last shift in '49. He was a quiet bloke who found himself inevitably in the limelight with his hugely important contribution to the project. And then finally after years and years, there he was our guest of honour at the Premiere in Feb 2004. Before I left for Australia he told me "Nobody is more pleased than me to see this film take off".
A good mate for 17 years. R.I.P.


AUG 2005: MICHAEL SHEARD (1940-2005)

Actor Michael Sheard has sadly died of cancer aged 65 at his home on the Isle of Wight. He famously played Mr. Bronson in Grange Hill, Admiral Ozzel in Star Wars and Adolf Hitler in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. It was the latter that made me think of him reading the voice part of German Henry Bolckow. I tracked him down in late 2002 in London. To avoid hiring a studio to record what was only a few lines, we just walked into a hotel and recorded it in a corridor before the management found out. He bellowed out the lines as a crowd of hotel guests looked on bemused! Then we just walked out with a smirk and went to a pub down the road. It was a thrill to work with him. R.I.P.


JULY 2005: TONY BENN'S REVIEW

I
sent the great Tony Benn a DVD due to his cameo appearance in the Durham Gala scenes. He got back to me the week before this years Gala so I went up to Durham and met him. What an inspiration he is, he puts the other Tony to shame...

"Dear Craig, Thank you so much for sending me your brilliant and classic film which I watched and enjoyed from start to finish. Your commitment showed through at every stage and in every shot. The spirit that you identified - and personified - is at the root of the socialist faith, Tony Benn".

JULY 2005: DVDS FOR CANADA & USA AVAILABLE

DVDs specially made to play on the North American TV system (NTSC) are now available from Guisborough Bookshop and the Pancrack Online Shop. DVD players in Canada and the USA won't play the standard UK version so buy the NTSC version to be sure.




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JULY 2005: SPONSORSHIP FOR OZ TOUR !

Many thanks for vital extra sponsorship of the Oz Tour, now we can really push the boat out: Mayor Ray Mallon and Middlesbrough Council (£3,000), Tom Harvey and Lisa Jones at Northern Film & Media (£1,200) and Simon Crosby at UK Trade and Investment (£4,500).





JUNE 2005: IRON MAN FROM ISTC UNION

Many thanks to Tony Poynter and the ISTC Steelworkers Union for £400 Oz Tour sponsorship plus this awesome 'Iron Man' figure for the Teesside Goody Bag.

It is inscribed "To the people of Sydney from the ISTC Trade Union of the iron and steelworkers of Middlesbrough whose labour provided the steel for the Sydney Harbour Bridge" .

It will be (alas) leaving my mantlepiece for the Lord Mayor of Sydney's very soon.



JUNE 2005:SYDNEY HARBOUR - THE ULTIMATE GIG!

After a few months of dead ends we have landed the ultimate gig, next to the Sydney Opera House and a big bridge with Middlesbrough stamped all over it !!!

SYDNEY - Dendy Cinema, Opera House Quay: Aug 1st -4th
plus... BRISBANE - The Schonell: Aug 7th-10th
MELBOURNE - Lumiere: Aug 12th-17th
PERTH - FTI Fremantle: Aug 22th-26th
ADELAIDE - The Mercury: Aug 30th-Sep 6th

MAY 2005: CHEERS TO MFC, SCHWARZ  & BORO TV

When we get to Sydney, we will be presenting a "Teesside Cultural Goody Bag" to the Lord Mayor, which will include amongst other things, this signed shirt kindly donated by Boro and Aussie Number 1, Mark Schwarzer.

Thanks to Dave and Mike at MFC for everything especially the interview on the pitch and walk up the tunnel !





MAY 2005: "MEET AN ESTON MINER DAY" at ASDA

Miff Brighton, as seen in the film, was also seen at Asda South Bank last week putting on the charm and signing DVDs. It is now Asda Teesside's bestseller of 2005 with some 7,000 shifted in total since Xmas !





APRIL 2005: DVD LAUNCH & UGC RE-RUN !

The film re-opens at Middlesbrough's UGC on April 29th for one week with advance DVDS £2 off to movie goers. The DVD with 40 mins of extras will be in the shops from May 6th. The Pancrack Shop will also open for a week in the Cleveland Centre.






FEB 2005: REVIEWS ON 'THE GUARDIAN' FILM SITE

Cheers to all who put these up!





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FEB 2005: RTS AWARDS 2004 CEREMONY

On Feb 5th, the RTS North East Awards ceremony was held at Gateshead (this is regional TV's equivalent of the Oscars). My film was entered into the 'Best Factual Programme-Non Broadcast' category. Nicholas Owen of ITN and Graham Thompson Controller of Tyne Tees, handed out the prizes and it was a film about the Tyneside Metro that won. I was given a certificate of commendation at the end of the night and someone shouted over 'It's that gypsies curse from Ayresome Park mate!'  Ha ha......


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