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Entertainment 'The Crown' Reveals How Real-Life Aberfan Mining Tragedy Impacted the Queen

06:35  18 november  2019
06:35  18 november  2019 Source:   hollywoodreporter.com

Aberfan disaster: What happened in the 1966 mining disaster which killed 144 people in Wales - and what caused it

  Aberfan disaster: What happened in the 1966 mining disaster which killed 144 people in Wales - and what caused it Dozens of children lost their lives in the accident 53 years ago.Pupils were just getting ready for lessons on October 21, 1966, when an avalanche of liquefied slurry from Merthyr Vale Colliery crashed down the hillside and claimed the lives of 116 children and 28 adults.

Survivors of the 1966 tragedy talk about Netflix's dramatisation of the disaster — and how the real - life event impacted Queen Elizabeth II. “I had nightmares for years”: Real - life story behind The Crown ’s Aberfan episode, as told by the survivors. Survivors of the 1966 Aberfan tragedy speak to

How Queen Elizabeth's Reaction to the Aberfan Mining Disaster Became Her Biggest Regret. While the Queen was made aware of the tragedy shortly after it happened, she waited eight days to visit the Welsh community, a delay, which she is said to regret immensely.

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[This story contains spoilers from season three, episode three of Netflix's The Crown.]

Among the standout episodes of The Crown's third season is "Aberfan," its depiction of the 1966 Welsh mining disaster that killed 116 children and 28 adults, and its impact on both the monarchy and Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) herself.

  'The Crown' Reveals How Real-Life Aberfan Mining Tragedy Impacted the Queen © Twitter After unusually heavy rains, a mountain of waste removed from the coal mines collapsed and slid into the village of Aberfan — and a nearby elementary school, killing more than a hundred people.

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Why was it the Queen ’s ‘biggest regret’? THE CROWN season 3 was released on Netflix today The Crown season three, episode three chronicles the harrowing Aberfan disaster and how the Queen Here’s what viewers need to know about the real - life event and what the implications have been in

The Crown series 3 was released on Netflix todayCredit: WENN. One plot line sees the Queen , played by Olivia Colman, rebuffing pleas from Prime Minister Harold Wilson to visit grieving families in Aberfan , Wales, after a tragic accident. The infamous Aberfan coal tip claimed 144 lives , mostly of children

While her family members — including Prince Philip (Tobias Menzies) and photographer brother-in-law Antony Armstrong-Jones (Ben Daniels) — headed to the small village to show their support, Elizabeth is torn about how to handle the situation. Worried she'd be a distraction, she stayed home — and was roundly criticized for that decision.

a man looking at the camera © Sophie Mutevelian/Netflix Ultimately, she arrived for a visit with the surviving families, but the response seemingly turned an invisible tide against the royal institution.

It's a profound tragedy that people in the U.K. might remember, but is certainly not well-known around the world — which makes creator Peter Morgan's decision to focus on the tragedy all the more interesting.

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Titled " Aberfan ," the episode gives the viewer a look inside the catastrophic collapse that Younger viewers might not know that the tragedy was very real; its effects are still being felt by If the Aberfan episode of The Crown 's third season moved you, here is the true story about the real - life disaster.

The appalling tragedy that October day was met with a period of national mourning, but it also became a crisis for the monarchy. News interviews with Aberfan families more recently show that many still recall the Queen ’s public show of sympathy with gratitude.

  'The Crown' Reveals How Real-Life Aberfan Mining Tragedy Impacted the Queen © Twitter "I think some people of a certain generation won't remember, and I imagine there's lots of people outside of the U.K. who won't even have heard of this event," star Tobias Menzies told The Hollywood Reporter. "And what's interesting is it happened either two weeks before or two weeks after England won the World Cup.

  'The Crown' Reveals How Real-Life Aberfan Mining Tragedy Impacted the Queen © Twitter Such a well-known event is not articulated, and something is that's much more interesting [is what] he uses to then investigate the Queen's relationship with emotion and what it is to relate emotionally to her people. That absolutely is central to what the drama is — the events Peter chooses to concentrate on. They're rarely the ones that you would normally expect."

Helena Bonham Carter told THR that after she signed on for the series she was sent a massive document outlining each historical event the season will cover.

  'The Crown' Reveals How Real-Life Aberfan Mining Tragedy Impacted the Queen © Shutterstock "It's like the briefing I'm sure [the royals] get every time they go out," the actress said. "We get briefed on all the facts and then we're told maybe they fudged an event for dramatic purposes, or the timing. It can't be that inaccurate, but no one was taping these conversations. It's not documented. It's not a documentary."

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"That helps us balance the storytelling in terms of how the audience is receiving these ideas." Though the Russos have closed out a chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Avengers: Endgame, they continue to ' The Crown ' Reveals How Real - Life Aberfan Mining Tragedy Impacted the Queen .

In Season 3 of ' The Crown ,' Queen Elizabeth II deals with the fallout from the Aberfan Disaster, a catastrophic landslide in a Aberfan was a Welsh mining village founded in the late 1800s—one of many such villages that burgeoned near the How did the world hear about the disaster at Aberfan ?

In crafting their performances, the actors use the well-researched scripts and insights from Morgan, though ultimately they're putting across what Bonham Carter describes as the "essence" of each character rather than a rigidly historically accurate reenactment. The hugely detailed sets and costumes.

  'The Crown' Reveals How Real-Life Aberfan Mining Tragedy Impacted the Queen © Shutterstock "They do a lot of the work for you," said Menzies. "It's not hard to imagine yourself in it [with] the work that the set designer is doing, the work that the costumers have done. All those teams are so talented and contributing so significantly to the show. Partly what Peter's doing is putting the human individuals inside these large governmental institutional structures, and seeing what it's like to be in them."

That visual language helps tell the larger story, like at Aberfan: How does the Queen deal with such an emotional event, and how would the public want her to react?

Charles Edwards et al. standing in a field © Provided by Prometheus Global Media "You have the classic Crown shots, you know, from behind the person's head so you see all the ornate, gilded spaces around them, framing them," said Menzies. "That goes into the essential vegetation of the whole thing: What the hell is it like to be inside this stuff? What is it like to be a leader? What is it like to be a Queen? What is it like to be a figurehead? What do they expect from you? And at Aberfan, can you show emotion? Should you show emotion? What are the demands? What does the person want to give?"

The Crown season three is available to stream on Netflix.

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A nightmare reborn: How The Crown's searing recreation of the Aberfan disaster is bringing tears to the eyes of a new generation - including one miraculous survivor .
The Aberfan disaster, a tragedy that resulted in the deaths of 116 children and 28 adults in a Welsh mining village, was such a terrible event that it remains etched in national memory. But now the full horror of the events of that October morning in 1966 have been brought to life for a new generation using Hollywood-level special effects.

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