THE ENEMY WITHIN is the story of Britain's longest strike, the 1984-85 miners' strike, when Margaret Thatcher declared war on the unions, as told by those who lived through it.
"Heartfelt, stirring and still urgent account of a historic struggle."
Mark Kermode, The Observer
"Lovingly made, beautifully shot and wonderfully soundtracked – this is timely, important and truthful cinema, at once bitter, nostalgic and unexpectedly uplifting."
Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"I can't express enough my admiration for Owen Gower's remarkable film. It moved and inspired me. Everyone – not only in Britain – should see this superb film."
John Pilger, Journalist
"Finally, a documentary as sweeping and dramatic as the momentous strike it chronicles. Narrated by the rank-and-file miners, wives, and supporters who waged it, replete with vivid historical footage, and informed by recently uncovered documentary evidence, this film recounts a turning point defeat for trade unionism that helped usher an era of growing inequality not only in Great Britain but across the West. The struggle between Margaret Thatcher and the miners resonates down to the present day."
Joseph McCartin, Professor of History, Director of the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, Georgetown University
"Vital and valuable...Students and community activists alike can only benefit from revisiting this prolonged clash between a trade union committed to social justice and a government prepared to use excessive force to permanently weaken the voice of labor. The unfinished agenda left to us by those battling miners is one that deserves to be renewed and pursued by a new generation of progressive activists. The Enemy Within can be an effective trigger to that renewal."
David Coates, Professor & Chair, Anglo-American Studies, Wake Forest University, Author, Prolonged Labour: the Slow Birth of New Labour Britain