The New Mine - Comrie Colliery
(Alternative Title: Comrie Colliery)

Still from 'The New Mine' - Taken from 'Films of Britain 1942-43'
'A modern colliery in Scotland, situated in unspoilt country instead of an ugly mining town, has up-to-date machinery, the latest ventilation and safety devices, and new methods in mining practice. The surface buildings of this model colliery are built on symmetrical lines.'

Date: 1945
Duration: 16:25

Director: -
Production Company: G.B. Instructional
Producer: -
Cinematographer: -
Composer: -
Narration: -
Editor: -
Sound Recording: William Bland

Length: 35mm: -. 16mm: -.

Distributor: 20th Century Fox


Described in this film as a "pit-head of the new world", Comrie Colliery in Fife operated from 1936 to 1986. Despite the film's optimistic outlook for the future of the site and comments on the safety of its operations, the Comrie Colliery site is now derelict. Described by Fife Council as the "largest area of post-industrial dereliction in West Fife", the land is reported to be heavily polluted, contaminated with cyanide, and the 40 metre high pile of coal waste (seen forming in the film) has purportedly been burning since the 1970s. There has recently been movement towards the redevelopment of the site[1].

New Mine, The
Certificate: U
Distributors: 20th Century Fox
Producers: G.B. Instructional
1556ft / 17mins
A working day at a model coal-mine in Scotland. Produced for the British Council. [2]

New Mine, The
Production: G.B. Instructional, Ltd. Comrie Colliery.
Description: Direct photography with commentary.
Teaching Notes: Not available.
Distributors: Central Film Library, Imperial Institute, South Kensington, S.W.7.
Distributors' Cat. Ref.: UK.597.
Owner of U.K. Rights: British Council.
Conditions of Supply: Loaned free of charge.
Contents: The film begins by pointing out the importance of coal to Great Britain and how in the past coal-mines have spread ugliness over the countryside, and the miners for the most part have been little considered. It then shows in detail Comrie Colliery, a modern coal-mine in Scotland, situated in the countryside and with surface buildings on symmetrical lines which are in no way an eyesore. The Colliery has the most up-to-date machinery and the utmost attention is paid to the safety and welfare of the miners.
Appraisal: This film, made for the British Council, primarily for distribution overseas, is very well done. The commentary is good and everything is clearly explained both by voice and camera. Such a film is most à propos at a time when it is of vital importance to this country that more men should be attracted to mining by good conditions of work. It would be of value both to Youth Clubs and schools.
35mm. Sd.
16mm. Sd.
2 reels.[3]
  1. ^ Dunfermline Press, 28.01.11
  2. ^ New Short Films Issued between January 21 and February 20 [1945]
    Index to Vol.13 / No.s 145-156 / 1945-46
    Monthly Film Bulletin of the BFI
  3. ^ 31 December 1946
    Educational Films
    Background Films
    Index to Vol.12 / No.s 133-144 [135 Missing]/ 1945-46
    Monthly Film Bulletin of the BFI