The Durham Miners' Gala is an annual celebration of noise, colour, culture, creativity, unity and endeavour. Attracting 200,000 people, banners and brass bands parade through the streets to honour their heritage. The Big Meeting reflects the past, present and future of the Gala and labour movement, whilst following four protagonists over the course of this momentous working-class occasion.
The Big Meeting is the first official feature length documentary about the Durham Miners' Gala, officially endorsed by the Durham Miners' Association.
After filming the 2018 Gala, the documentary premiered at Redhills (Pitmans' Parliament) in Durham in June 2019 and was released in UK cinemas in September. The film received four-star reviews in the Guardian, Time Out, Vulture Hound, DMovies and Camden New Journal. It was also featured on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch.
The film continues to tour community venues across the country, and is available on DVD and VOD.