29th Galway Film Fleadh 11th – 16th July 2017
“A powerful and inspiring, not to mention timely, portrait of the left-wing icon and Labour fire-brand Dennis Skinner, aka the Beast of Bolsover.”
In an era of PR and spin, Dennis Skinner is a thrillingly authentic political figure: fearsome, principled, and uncompromising, he has been fighting for the interests of the people of Bolsover since 1970. An ex-miner, he has represented his community through the industrial action of the 1970s, the closure of the mines, and the slow drift to the ‘centre-ground’ within Labour politics. Famous for his sharp wit and unyielding style, Skinner has remained true to his roots, fighting for the disadvantaged and often getting himself into trouble in Parliament, earning himself the nickname ‘The Beast of Bolsover’. The story of both a towering figure, and the fortunes of progressive politics in Britain over the last half-century.
Director Daniel Draper
Cast Dennis Skinner
Script Daniel Draper
Producers Christie Allanson & Daniel Draper
Duration 105 minutes