Last Stand at Nymboida
Friday, 9.30pm, History This is a terrifically well-made documentary about a 1975 landmark industrial case, in which a band of local men, who had laboured in the darkest and most dangerous tunnels of Australia’s most primitive coalmine, staged a daring worker rebellion. Nymboida is just a dot on the map, a little to the west of Grafton, in northern NSW. Things begin there with a contemporary reunion of the men who forged such a close bond almost 40 years ago. This allows for well-edited interviews to camera before we move back in time to see archival footage and splendid old photographs of a rebellion that ultimately was to have an impact on mining practices worldwide. It also allows us to meet the men today, and so become more emotionally involved with their plight. Their reward for years of backbreaking, dangerous work in primitive, inhumane conditions was summary dismissal. But they weren’t going to take that lying down.