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Coal Face is a 1935 British documentary film short directed by Alberto Cavalcanti. With a film score by Benjamin Britten[1] and a poem written and narrated by W.H. Auden,[2] the film gives a glimpse into the lives of a Scottish mining community and the dangerous working conditions the miners routinely faced.[3]

Coal Face
Directed byAlberto Cavalcanti
Produced byJohn Grierson
Written byW.H. Auden
Music byBenjamin Britten
CinematographyStuart Legg
Edited byWilliam Coldstream
Release date
Running time
11 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


  1. ^ White, Eric Walter (1970). Benjamin Britten: His Life and Operas. University of California Press. pp. 23–24. ISBN 0-520-01679-3.
  2. ^ Thesing, William B. (2000). Caverns of Night: Coal Mines in Art, Literature, and Film. University of South Carolina Press. p. 120. ISBN 1-57003-352-8.
  3. ^ Aitken (2006). Aitken, Ian, ed. Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film. Routledge. pp. 237–238. ISBN 978-1-57958-445-0.

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