Blood on the Coal
Written in the blood of mineworkers and their families, Blood on the Coal tells the story of Australia’s Queensland coalfields – one of the world’s richest energy resources and for 150 years a bitter industrial battleground. The film opens with a journey to Mt. Mulligan, a remote and now abandoned mining community in outback Queensland. In 1921 Mt. Mulligan was the site of Queensland’s worst mining disaster, when 75 men were killed in a coal mine explosion. A retired coal miner and his two daughters make the long journey in search of their family’s past and to pay their respects to their lost loved ones. Wiping out two thirds of the town’s male population, Mt. Mulligan sent a shock wave throughout Australia’s mining industry and began the long and bitterly fought path to improved safety and working conditions. But it would be decades before improvements began to filter through to the coal face.