Brassed Off

Brassed Off is a 1996 British comedy-drama film written and directed by Mark Herman and starring Pete Postlethwaite, Tara Fitzgerald and Ewan McGregor.[2]

The film is about the troubles faced by a colliery brass band, following the closure of their pit. The soundtrack for the film was provided by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, and the plot is based on Grimethorpe's own struggles against pit closures. It has been generally very positively received for its role in promoting brass bands and their music. Parts of the film make reference to the huge increase in suicides that resulted from the end of the coal industry in Britain, and the struggle to retain hope in the circumstances.

In the United States, the film was promoted simply as a romantic comedy involving McGregor and Fitzgerald's characters.

Brassed Off
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byMark Herman
Produced bySteve Abbott
Written byMark Herman
Music byTrevor Jones
CinematographyAndy Collins
Edited byMichael Ellis
Distributed by
Release date
  • 1 November 1996 (United Kingdom)
  • 23 May 1997 (United States)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget£2.8 million[1]
Box office£3 million[1]


The film is set ten years after the year-long strike in 1984–85 by the National Union of Mineworkers in Britain. Before the privatisation of British Coal, a wave of pit closures took place. In contrast to the militancy of 1984–85, the miners put up little resistance. Many had been in debt ever since the long strike, and were prepared to take redundancy money whilst it was on offer. The National Coal Board arranged private ballots between closing a pit immediately with compulsory redundancies (which were relatively generous) or taking a pit to a review procedure to determine whether a profit could be made in the private sector (where any redundancy money would have probably been much lower). Although miners had a tradition of fighting for their jobs, the risk of losing the redundancy money on offer by going forwards to privatisation swung the votes in most ballots to be in favour of pit closure and redundancy. The loss of hope, pride and fighting spirit in what were previously proud mining communities was the basis for the idea of being "brassed off".

The British miners were bitterly divided in the aftermath of the '84–'85 strike. Although the majority of Yorkshire miners observed the year-long strike, a minority broke the strike and were ostracised in their communities as "scabs" thereafter. The word "scab" has a slightly broader meaning in Britain than in North America, and this is sometimes used in the film. Rather than referring solely to strikebreakers, the word "scab" can also refer to a traitor and particularly a traitor to the working class, which is used in the film for cases such as having a relationship with a management employee or going against the recommended line from the trade union. The film was cited in a thesis at the University of Nottingham to illustrate usage of the word in parts of Britain.[3]

Beginning in early 1993, groups of miners' wives camped outside some pits' gates and outside the Department of Trade and Industry in London.[4] This is referred to in the film. It contrasts with the muted response from the mineworkers, some of whom sang Shut the pit! to the tune of the song Here We Go! from the 1984–85 strike.[4]


Gloria Mullins has been sent to her home town of Grimley to determine the profitability of the pit for the management of British Coal. She also plays the flugelhorn, and is allowed to play with the local brass band after playing Concierto de Aranjuez with them. The band is made up of miners from whom she must conceal her purpose. She renews a childhood romance with Andy Barrow, which soon leads to complications. Andy is bitter about the programme of pit closures and determined to fight on, but he is also realistic about the circumstances and predicts a 4-to-1 majority for closure and redundancy. When Andy realises that Gloria is working for management, he accuses her of naïvety for thinking that the Coal Board is considering whether the pit has any viable future and argues that the decision to close Grimley would have been taken years earlier. It is later revealed, during a confrontation between Gloria and the management of the colliery, that the decision to close the colliery had been made two years previously, and that this was to have gone ahead regardless of the findings of her report; the report was simply a public relations exercise to placate the miners and members of the public sympathetic to their plight.

The passionate band conductor, Danny Ormondroyd, finds he is fighting a losing battle to keep the rest of the band members committed. His son, Phil, is badly in debt and becomes a clown for children's parties, but this fails to prevent his wife and children walking out on him. In debt, Phil votes for the redundancy money, which he becomes ashamed of. As Danny collapses in the street and is hospitalised, Phil suffers a mental breakdown while entertaining a group of children, as part of a harvest festival in a church. He refers to himself as "Coco the scab"—a name that he had been called by a debt collector who he had asked to wait until the redundancy money had come through. Eventually, he attempts suicide by trying to hang himself, but is taken to the hospital. Phil reveals to Danny that in light of the colliery's closure, the band has decided not to continue playing.

When Jim realises that Gloria is working for management, he is unimpressed with Andy's relationship with her. In a pub conversation, the other miners are not particularly concerned and feel that Jim is being too harsh on Andy. When Andy says that he should be old enough to make his own decisions, Jim responds with, "Old enough to be a scab then?" This attracts the whole pub's attention, as it signals a serious argument. Jim then withdraws the insult and says that Andy is just "stupid". Later on in the film, Jim asks Gloria to leave the band and mocks her attempts to fund the band's trip to the National Finals.

With the intention that it will be their last performance, the band, in full uniform, and wearing their miners' helmets and lamps, plays "Danny Boy" late at night outside the hospital. Andy, having lost his tenor horn in a bet, whistles along with his hands in his pockets. After they finish, they all switch off their lamps.

Whilst the band is playing in the National Semi-Finals, the outcome of the ballot is announced as 4-to-1 in favour of redundancy, as Andy had predicted. (It is later implied that, of the five miners who make up the main characters, four of them had voted for redundancy and only Andy had voted for the review procedure.)

After Gloria sets up a bank account to fund travel to the National Finals, the band is brought back together to compete. Andy wins his tenor horn back in a game of pool, and having forgiven Gloria, after she gives them the money she was paid to compile the report (saying she does not want it because it's "dirty money"), the band travels to the final at the Royal Albert Hall in London (Birmingham Town Hall was used to film these scenes),[5] where they are amused by the inability of the woman on the dressing room's PA system to pronounce 'colliery'. Before departing, Phil leaves a note for Danny saying that they are going to the finals. Danny arrives just in time to see the band win the competition with a stirring rendition of the William Tell Overture, during which Phil notices his wife and children are in the audience. Danny refuses to accept the trophy stating that it is only human beings that matter and not music or the trophy and that "this bloody government has systematically destroyed an entire industry. Our industry. And not just our industry—our communities, our homes, our lives. All in the name of 'progress'. And for a few lousy bob." However, following this gesture, Jim takes the trophy anyway. The band celebrates their victory as Andy and Gloria kiss on the upper deck of an open-topped bus travelling through London, while the rest of the band play Land of Hope and Glory conducted by Danny.


Cast Characters Instrument
Ewan McGregor Andy Barrow Tenor Horn
Pete Postlethwaite Danny Ormondroyd Conductor
Tara Fitzgerald Gloria Mullins Flugelhorn
Stephen Tompkinson Phil Ormondroyd Trombone
Jim Carter Harry Euphonium
Philip Jackson Jim Bass
Peter Martin Ernie Bass
Melanie Hill Sandra Ormondroyd
Sue Johnston Vera
Mary Healey Ida
Stephen Moore McKenzie (the colliery manager)
Peter Gunn Simmo


The film is set in "Grimley" in the mid-1990s, which is a thin veil for Grimethorpe, a mining village in South Yorkshire which had been named as the poorest village in Britain in 1994 earlier by the European Union.[6] The nearby areas of the Dearne Valley and the Hemsworth area were also identified as in need of serious aid. The soundtrack for the film was recorded by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, the story roughly reflects Grimethorpe Colliery Band's history, and the film was largely shot in Grimethorpe.[5]


As of November 2017, Brassed Off received a rating of 79% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 39 reviews.[7]


The film score for Brassed Off is composed by Trevor Jones[8] although some titles existed before Jones' commission as original compositions for brass band or arrangements, for example "Death or Glory" and "Floral Dance" respectively.

Track listing[8]

  1. "Death or Glory" – Robert Browne Hall
  2. "A Sad Old Day"
  3. "Floral Dance" – Katie Moss
  4. "Aforementioned Essential Items"
  5. "En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor" – Joaquín Rodrigo
  6. "Years of Coal"
  7. "March of the Cobblers" – Bob Barrett & Edrich Siebert
  8. "There's More Important Things in Life"
  9. "Cross of Honour" – William Rimmer
  10. "Jerusalem" – Hubert Parry
  11. "Florentiner March" – Julius Fučík
  12. Danny Boy
  13. "We'll Find a Way"
  14. "Clog Dance" – John Marcangelo
  15. "Colonel Bogey" – Kenneth Alford
  16. "All Things Bright and Beautiful" – William Henry Monk arranged Simon Kerwin
  17. "William Tell Overture" – Gioachino Rossini arranged G.J. Grant
  18. "Honest Decent Human Beings"
  19. "Pomp and Circumstance" – Edward Elgar arranged Ord Hume

Stage adaptation

Paul Allen adapted Mark Herman's screenplay for the stage, the production premiering at the Crucible Theatre Sheffield on 17 March 1998, with music performed by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band. The play transferred to the Royal National Theatre in June before embarking on a UK tour.[9] In 2014 a new UK tour was mounted by the Touring Consortium Theatre Company, coinciding with the thirtieth anniversary of the miners' strike.[10]

In popular culture

A sample of a monologue performed by the main character Danny (Pete Postlethwaite) is used in the opening of the song "Tubthumping", on the 1997 Chumbawamba album Tubthumper: "Truth is, I thought it mattered; I thought that music mattered. But does it bollocks! Not compared to how people matter".[11] The album also ends with the final lines of the same monologue: "Oh, aye, they can knock out a bloody good tune, but what the fuck does that matter? Now I'm going to take my boys out onto the town. Thank you."[12]


  1. ^ a b Walker, Alexander (2005), Icons in the Fire: The Rise and Fall of Practically Everyone in the British Film Industry 1984–2000, Orion, p. 280.
  2. ^ Holden, Stephen (23 May 1997). "Brassed Off (1996) Sentimental Coal Dust With a Brass Band". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Amos, David (December 2011). "The Nottinghamshire miners, the Union of Democratic Mineworkers and the 1984–85 miners strke: scabs or scapegoats?" (PDF). University of Nottingham. p. 293. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  4. ^ a b Douglass, David John (2005). Strike, not the end of the story. Overton, Yorkshire, UK: National Coal Mining Museum for England. pp. 42–43.
  5. ^ a b "Brassed Off filming locations", UK on screen.
  6. ^ McVeigh, Karen (3 March 2015). "Grimethorpe, the mining village that hit rock bottom – then bounced back". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Brassed Off (1996)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Brassed Off" (listing for the soundtrack). Amazon. Archived from the original on 2 January 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
  9. ^ "Archive Reviews - Brassed Off". London Theatre Archive. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Brassed Off". Theatrecloud. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  11. ^ Vallance, Tom (4 January 2011). "Pete Postlethwaite: Distinctive, prolific actor, acclaimed by Spielberg as 'the best in the world'". The Independent.
  12. ^ "Chumbawamba's 'Scapegoat' - Discover the Sample Source". WhoSampled. Retrieved 1 April 2017.

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3rd Lumières Awards

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50th British Academy Film Awards

The 50th BAFTA Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts on 29 April 1997, honoured the best films of 1996.

Anthony Minghella's The English Patient won for Best Film, while Secrets & Lies won the "Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film". Geoffrey Rush won for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role in Shine and Brenda Blethyn won for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role in Secrets & Lies, respectively.

Adrian Bower

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Bower's theatre credits include: Andy in Brassed Off (Royal National Theatre), Heracles in Simon Armitage's adaptation of Euripides classic Mr Heracles (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Steve in Celebration (Chichester) and Dan in Hotel in Amsterdam (Donmar Warehouse). He also played opposite John Simm in Elling at the Trafalgar Studios, Lovbourg in Hedda Gate Theatre.

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Bernard Wrigley

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He began acting around the same time and has made many appearances on stage, most famously in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot alongside Mike Harding at Bolton's Octagon Theatre, and Jim Cartwright's Road at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.

Wrigley has made many appearances in British TV programmes, including Phoenix Nights (where he was Dodgy Eric, who sold club owner Brian Potter a Das Boot fruit machine, a bucking bronco and an obscene bouncy castle), Emmerdale (as eccentric rocket inventor Barry Clegg) and Coronation Street (most recently as the Rev. Marvin Winstanley, the shady 'internet priest' whom Roy and Hayley approached to arrange their wedding - Wrigley's sixth character in the soap). His other credits include Last of the Summer Wine, Cold Feet, Coogan's Run, Dinnerladies, Victoria Wood With All The Trimmings and In with the Flynns. He also appeared as a union official in Brassed Off and as a school teacher in Rita, Sue and Bob Too. In 1978 he was a night school teacher in Alan Bennett's play Me—I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

On BBC Radio 4 he has acted in plays lasting from 15 to 90 minutes. BBC Radio Lancashire has broadcast many of his pre-recorded series, such as Wrigley's Ramblings and Home Brewed, and his readings of many stories written by Tommy Thompson.

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British comedy films

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In the United Kingdom, film adaptations of stage farces were popular in the early 1930s. British comedy films are numerous, but among the most notable are the Ealing comedies, the 1950s work of the Boulting Brothers, and innumerable popular comedy series including the St Trinian's films, the Doctor series, and the long-running Carry On films. Some of the best known British film comedy stars include Will Hay, George Formby, Norman Wisdom, Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers and the Monty Python team. Other actors associated with British comedy films include Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Margaret Rutherford, Irene Handl and Leslie Phillips. Most British comedy films of the early 1970s were spin-offs of television series.

Recent successful films include the working-class comedies Brassed Off (1996) and The Full Monty (1997), the more middle class Richard Curtis-scripted films Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) and Notting Hill (1999) the pop-culture referencing Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End), and a movie based on a real-life event The Boat That Rocked (2009).

Clog Dance (song)

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Having become a favourite amongst various brass bands, the tune was also used in the 1996 film Brassed Off.

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Delph (Old English (ge)delf a quarry) is a village in the Saddleworth civil parish of the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, in Greater Manchester, England. Historically within the West Riding of Yorkshire, it lies amongst the Pennines on the River Tame below the village of Denshaw, 4.0 miles (6.4 km) east-northeast of Oldham, and 1.8 miles (2.9 km) north-northwest of Uppermill.

The centre of the village has barely changed from the 19th century when a number of small textile mills provided employment for the local community. There is a significant first century AD Roman fort at Castleshaw.

The village is home to one of the Saddleworth Whit Friday brass band contests, with in the region of seventy-five bands from across the UK and beyond marching down the main street at five-minute intervals on the evening of the contest which often continues into the early hours. In the village of Dobcross a Henry Livings memorial prize is open to bands who play on any of the morning's walks on Whit Friday.

It is also home to the Millgate Arts Centre, the home of the Saddleworth Players. This group puts on six plays a year, as well as hosting a number of other events throughout the year.

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Delph was also used in the filming of the Whit Friday scene in the 1996 film Brassed Off.

Delph is mentioned in the song "This One's For Now" by the band Half Man Half Biscuit on their 2014 album Urge for Offal.

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Jim Carter (actor)

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Carter's film credits include Top Secret! (1984), A Month in the Country (1987), A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia (1992), The Madness of King George (1994), Richard III (1995), Brassed Off (1996), Shakespeare in Love (1998), The Little Vampire (2000), Ella Enchanted (2004), and Detective Victor Getz in The Thief Lord (2006). He plays John Faa in The Golden Compass (2007), the first film in the adaptation of the His Dark Materials trilogy, and also stars in House of 9 (2005) as The Watcher, and the executioner in Tim Burton's adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.

His television credits include Lipstick on Your Collar (1993), Cracker (1994), The Way We Live Now (2001), The Singing Detective (1986), Arabian Nights (2000), The Chest (1997), Red Riding (2009), A Very British Coup (1988), the Hornblower episode "Duty" (2003) and the Midsomer Murders episode "The Fisher King" (2004). He also plays Captain Brown in the five-part BBC series Cranford (2007) and Mayor Waldo in the US miniseries Dinotopia (2002). He is best known for his role in Downton Abbey (2010–2015) playing Mr. Carson, a role that has earned him four nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2012–2015).

Ken Kitson

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He made his television debut in 1972 as a fight arranger in The Adventures of Barry Mackenzie, and later in the 1970s had minor parts in more notable programmes such as All Creatures Great and Small (series 3, 1979) The Sweeney, Minder and Danger UXB. In 1985 and 1986, he appeared as Cadman in six episodes of Mapp & Lucia.

In 1988, he played Giant Rumblebuffin in the BBC's adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. In addition, he appeared in the 1996 film Brassed Off as a ruthless and violent debt collector.

He has also had three minor parts in Coronation Street, the most recent being an appearance as Marty Kelly in a single 2001 episode.

He made recurring appearances as a policeman (PC Cooper) in Last of the Summer Wine, appearing in 88 episodes of the programme between December 1983 and April 2010. He played Sgt. Martin in Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford series.

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Pete Postlethwaite

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After minor television appearances, including in The Professionals, his first major success arose through the British autobiographical film Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988). He had a transatlantic breakthrough when he portrayed David in Alien 3 (1992), and his international reputation was further solidified when he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for In the Name of the Father (1993). Following this role, he portrayed the mysterious lawyer Mr Kobayashi in The Usual Suspects (1995) and went on to appear in a wide variety of films.

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Peter Martin (actor)

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Philip Jackson (actor)

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Ronnie Stevens (actor)

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The Floral Dance

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The music and lyric were written in 1911 by Kate Emily Barkley ("Katie") Moss (1881-1947) who was a professional violinist, pianist and concert singer. She was brought up in London and studied at the Royal Academy of Music.

The song tells the story of an incident that apparently actually happened to Moss herself on a visit to Helston during the springtime 'Furry Dance' celebrations and the song was reportedly written directly afterwards as she was going home on the train.

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His film credits include Quills with Kate Winslet and Joaquin Phoenix, and the award-winning short film Private Lives. Stage credits include Mary Barton (Manchester Royal Exchange), Private Lives (Liverpool Playhouse), Brassed Off (Birmingham Rep), Saved (Bolton Octagon), Huddersfield and Company Along The Mile (West Yorkshire Playhouse), and Our Share of Tomorrow (Real Circumstance Theatre Company and York Theatre Royal).

Films directed by Mark Herman

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