The Momentum of Things was a British drama focusing on the troubled life of a coal miner in the North of England during the the ministry of Margaret Thatcher.


The film aired at the same time as the new release of the Cosmic Wars saga, Cosmic Wars: The Gathering Shadow. In large part because of this, it was largely unattended, with Otto Mann acting as the sole person in the audience (which even then was only because he waited at the wrong ticket line for three weeks as he intended to see Cosmic Wars). Ironically, he had a better time watching it than the people had watching The Gathering Shadow, being moved to tears to the film and having an epiphany regarding what coal miners had to go through, while also yelling that Margaret Thatcher had "blood on her hands."


The little snippet of the film shown has Jim Broadbent's character taking his son over to the coal mine and sorrowfully telling him that if they don't find any coal soon, he'll be forced to hand him over to the dynamite gang, with the young son, terrified, begging him not to hand him over to the dynamite.

Behind the Laughter

  • The film was based on the 1996 British-American film Brassed Off, including a similar soundtrack. Otto holding Margaret Thatcher responsible for the hardships was itself a reference to Brassed Off's left-wing viewpoints. Coincidentally, the actor who played the main character for Brassed Off, Ewan MacGregor, would later played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, which the rival film of The Momentum of Things, The Gathering Shadow, parodied.


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