Jill Craigie

Jill Craigie, the film director who made documentaries about British coal miners and a community’s efforts to rebuild after World War II and the wife of former British Labour Party leader Michael Foot, died Dec. 13 at the Royal Free Hospital in London. She was 85.

She had been ill for some time and suffered a fall last summer that exacerbated a heart condition.

Craigie’s two most acclaimed films were “The Way We Live,” based on the effort of Plymouth residents in southern England to rebuild after the devastation of World War II, and “Blue Scar,” about the everyday lives of miners during the 1940s.

She based “Blue Scar” on a year she spent in Abergwynfi, a mining town in South Wales. A year after the film’s success, she married Foot, an aspiring politician. She put aside her own career to support him.

She is survived by her husband.

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