A short animated film commissioned by Experience Barnsley, Women of the Working Class, has won several awards this month, with accolades from the British Film Industry award, My Hero International Film Festival, California and International Family Film Festival in Hollywood.

Women of the Working Class is an animated short film made by young women from the youth panel at Experience Barnsley Museum to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1984/85 Miners’ Strike. It was made with support from Aardman storyboarder David Bunting, (who usually works on Shaun the Sheep and Chuggington) and funded by the Arts Council Museums and Schools programme.

Museum Youth Panel member India Sedgewick with David Bunting.

Museum Youth Panel member India Sedgewick with David Bunting.

The film was based on the research the panel gathered on the women against pit closures movement and was created from their own drawings, objects featured in the Women Against Pit Closures exhibition and Lego characters.
It was set against a recording of re-written verses of the song ‘We Are Women, We Are Strong’ which the Women Against Pit Closures used as their anthem on the picket lines. The panel recorded their version, called ‘Women of the Working Class’ with some of the original WAPC women.

Jemma Conway, Community Heritage Curator for Barnsley Museums, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled and very proud that this film has won awards! It was a pleasure to work with our youth panel and to know their hard work and dedication has been realised. We are extremely grateful to have been able to work with David Bunting, whose skills and expertise took this film to the next level. However, a huge thank you needs to go to the original Women Against Pit Closures, who gave the inspiration and voices to the film.”

The results are as follows:
International Family Film Festival, Hollywood – Youthfest category – Winner
Kids for Kids UK 2014, British Film Industry, London – Winner
My Hero International Film Festival, Santa Monica, High School Category – Third Place

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