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Easington will forever be at the heart of East Durham lore and culture. It was here that Margaret Thatcher’s death was infamously celebrated – plus, the colliery’s black beach was used in both Get Carter and Ridley Scott’s Alien. However, the community and its mining heritage is more intrinsically tied to cinema by the likes of Billy Elliot.

Launched in collaboration with Newcastle’s SIDE Cinema and Gallery, the first of three FireSide Cinema evenings of film, camping, food and music at The Barn at Thorpe Lea East Farm features Matthew Warchus’ Pride, an uplifting comedy drama about the somewhat surprising partnership between a group of gay and lesbian activists and a South Wales mining community during the 1984 miners strike. The evening, which takes place on Saturday 10th June, will also feature the Easington Colliery Brass Band.

The next screening – taking place on Saturday 17th June – will be Matewan, John Sayles’ gripping drama based on the true story of the Battle of Matewan. The film centres around a group of miners who took on the Coal Company thugs in a small West Virginian town in 1920. The final night on Saturday 1st July will be a special screening of The Scar, an award-winning drama from Amber films set in Easington 10 years after the strike, starring Charlie Hardwick (as well as a few local faces). What’s more, the film will follow a Q+A with both Charlie and Amber, plus Song For Billy, commemorating the death of Billy Hogg at Easington Pit.

Find out more about the screenings at Amber’s website here.

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