In fictional Grimley, the coal mine kept a community working for generations. There are pit closures all over Yorkshire, and 'Grimley' Band has one last chance to triumph in the various band contests to end up playing at the Royal Albert Hall. For a point of information, there are 4 basses in a Brass Band, 2 Eb and 2 Bb not 2 or 3. And every time, the band…. It touts this film as some kind of romantic and hilarious comedy, never once even grazing past the real subject matter of the film. The situation of the people facing, or in, unemployment shown is really moving and sometimes quite depressing. I can honestly say that I didn't find them to be that bad, and they certainly did nothing to distract from what is a simply wonderful movie.
All of this is reflected in the movie. It's almost perfect Bradford from that era, yet he was from somewhere on the south coast. For you fellow Greenies out there, yes, I agree coal mining must cease but you don't go and pull the safety net away from a community without having something else to take its place. The other two of course are The Full Monty 1997 and Billy Elliot 2000 , of which Brassed Off is essentially an appetiser of sorts, the warm up act for the big hitters so to speak. When Jim realises that Gloria is working for management, he is unimpressed with Andy's relationship with her.
Don't think this film is merely about a brass band, for the brass band is in a way the canvas at which the film is painted on. It was not just a good movie but a great one. Set in the early 90s the closure, with devastating job losses paints a very bleak picture for the town and the colliery band, until flugelhorn player Gloria arrives in town and with her a renewed sense of hope and a touch of romance. He is stern and exacting about it. Brassed Off shows just a very tiny tip of the poverty stricken district on this South Yorkshire village here, the debt collectors, Pawn Shops, picket lines, the feuding and divided relationships between men and their wives and their children and the struggle to make ends meet for the basics is at times harrowing to witness.
Global warming alone means coal has had its day. Pete Postlewaite Danny and Stephen Tompkinson Phil are especially convincing. To us, this isn't an anti-Thatcher film; it's the truth. When a former resident, Gloria Tara Fitzgerald , returns to assess the mine, she get involved with her former flame, Andy Ewan McGregor , and also the band, joining them in their last hurrah at a national competition. Its accents and dialects are so diverse as to require long years of careful study before one can definitively state that this is or isn't authentic broad Yorkshire. Even the compulsory happy ending has an edge to it.
Brass bands are maintained by many different British institutions--schools, police forces, military units, coal miners, assembly-line workers--and their crisp music always seems gloriously self-confident. Before the privatisation of British Coal, a wave of pit closures took place. Despite coughing through coal-dusted lungs. Now that I've seen it twice, and thus been twice moved, I wait for a reasonable time to pass so that I may watch and enjoy it again as I am bound to do. One of the movie's great pleasures is the music itself. Yet it was arguably better.
Brassed Off is certainly one of those films that deserves greater recognition. South Yorkshire, England, and its 1917, the year The Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band first formed, now, some 75 years later this is their story, albeit loosely, of how they and their coal mining community struggled against pit closures, redundancies and the grim prospect of the Bands possible split during the early 1990's. But the miners are now deciding whether to fight to keep the pit open, and the future for town and band looks bleak. To this end, the extent of the poverty in that area is not reflected in the film. The film shows the importance of the art for the existence of the sole human and the society even in times of turmoil. Say what you like about the way this film portrays the North of England, there is no denying the power of the final sequences as the triumph of 'William Tell' turns into Postlethwaite's power rant against the Government and into the trip home's 'Land of Hope and Bloody Glory'.
It's just the Tories and management they hate. I think that would be appropriate here. The management are muddying the water by offering the workforce redundancy payments as the community closes ranks in a desperate effort to safeguard their way of life. Ewan McGregor lights up the screen in a pre-trainspotting role, however, but whatever happened to his love interest in the film, Tara Fitzgerald? After they finish, they all switch off their lamps. Half of the chuffing film was about that! This article has been rated as Mid-importance on the project's. As the determined, covert machinations of government policy grind inexorably towards their unfeeling end. In the fictional mining town of Grimley, this is the towns folk and their love for their community, heritage and of course their music.
Any success that the film enjoys now that's it's strictly on video, is likely to come from very strong word of mouth. The soundtrack for the film was recorded by the , the story roughly reflects Grimethorpe Colliery Band's history, and the film was largely shot in Grimethorpe. This is what good filmmaking is all about. Thatcher's Britain did result in the pit closing down, and threatened the band's future. Big Business, it's not a fantasy but upliftingly realistic.
In a pub conversation, the other miners are not particularly concerned and feel that Jim is being too harsh on Andy. This is a drama with a sense of humor. Apart from the fate of the band, Brassed Off focuses on the personal situations of a few main characters. Tompkinson's kids were fine, but I presume that they were roped in from a local school. But it shouldn't be restored without some kind of citation for this bit of interpretation. Mr Scotland is being a bit elitist I think.
The written note is a B-flat for Flugelhorn concert A-Flat. The fact that a woman has entered the band room is important. The passionate band conductor, Danny Ormondroyd, finds he is fighting a losing battle to keep the rest of the band members committed. I first watched this film when i was eleven and loved it. It is actually one of the best dramas I have ever seen. It also benefits from the emotional impact of local musicians playing live. Yeah it's a heartwarming story of trying to keep dignity vs.