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Making The Film

Introduction to film 'The Forgotten Workers' produced by Shadowcat Films
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2012 brought new developments - A Film!

In 2011 / 2012 Dinah Iredale worked in partnership with Shadowcat Films to produce a film telling the story of the bondagers. The film was supported by the Northumberland National Park.

The film is a dramatic portrayal of life on a 19th century Borders farm and gives a unique insight into the lives of the Hinds and their Bondagers.

Set in 1866, it shows resentment reaching fever pitch as the hiring season approaches and an attempt is to be made to get rid of the Bondage System for good.

We meet the bondagers, hinds, hind’s wife, squire, farmer and vicar and hear their thought-provoking opinions. 

The film is based on original documents and eye witness accounts. 

‘...As an introduction to this lost world of not so long ago, this film is a fine production – in the story it tells, the quality of the telling, its historical accuracy and the overall visual experience.  It will surely bring pleasure to many historians of Northumberland life, while providing a very helpful resource for history teachers!’

-Extract from a review in ‘Tyne and Tweed’- Journal for the NALHS

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