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Workingman’s Death

Posted by redkoireviews on 12/06/2006

Workingman's DeathWorkingman’s death brings the audience into the lives of working people from five of the most brutal working worlds.

Ukrainian coal miners working in an illegal mine not more than a foot high. Indonesian men hauling over 100kg of sulphur up the sides of a hellish mountain. Nigerians whose daily chore is the bloody slaughter thousands of goats. A Pakistani beech where the steel hulks of freighter ships go to be slaughtered and recycled. Chinese steel workers who can see the signs of progress in a move away from sheer physical work and onto more ‘know how’. See the Film Festival synopsis for more detail.
The scenes certainly make you appreciate the life of luxury we live in Australia. The abattoir scenes are not for the faint hearted. So grizzly where the scenes, my nose smelt the snuff of nauseating abattoirs I’ve visited in the past. Smell triggered purely by sight – that’s weird.

Although visually gripping, we never really get to know any of the people. That makes the film a lot less compelling than it could have been. Another director might have used some stats, or some contrasting images from the western world to score some political points, but not this one. Being a political animal, I feel the power of these peoples stories was not fully brought home to the audience. For alternative views, see those on Rotten Tomatoes

My Rating: 2.5 Stars


One Response to “Workingman’s Death”

  1. John said

    Being a person who spent a lot of time on factory floors I can really relate to this subject. Even here in the U.S. we are going backwords in safety of mining and manufacturing. We’ve had a lot of coal mine deaths here lately and i expect to see more.

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