A superb documentary with interviews from ex Fleet Street workers, produced by digital:works.
The interviewees give a real insight into what it was like to work in the UK national newspaper industry in those days.
“Banging Out” ceremonies are discussed in some detail, as well as Murdoch’s disgraceful treatment of his workforce.
I’m surprised none of the interviewees described the indelible red dye spraying that I witnessed. Some officers carried pressurised spraying equipment and sprayed copious amounts of dye.
Indelible Red Dye
They sprayed the indelible red dye on pickets clothing. As well as ruining the clothing, it also acted as a marker enabling pickets to be identified on their way home. This often led to them being arrested on trumped up charges of being “drunk and disorderly,” etc.
Overall, though the film is a very heart-warming account of the UK national newspaper industry, described by some as “one big party.”