Low Water presents the story of the hard life of the men who gather sea coal from the bleak beaches of County Durham. The harsh existence of the sea coalers is underpinned by the austere nature of the black & white film and Carey Blyton’s suitably bleak music for the opening and closing credits.
Sea coal is coal that has been washed up on the beach, coming from coal seams in sea cliffs or underwater deposits. In places where such coal occurred it could be a dependable source of fuel, and professional sea coal gatherers would collect and sell the coal—as depicted in this documentary.
Please note that the original soundtrack of Low Water is available on the CD Carey Blyton: Film & Television Music (2/4), which may be purchased from this site.