What’s On: Made in Dagenham at Highbury Cinema Club
What: Made in Dagenham (Cert 15)
Where: Highbury Theatre in Sheffield Road, Sutton Coldfield B73 5HD
When: Saturday 2 December, 7.30pm
Highbury Cinema at Highbury Theatre, continues its fourth film season on Saturday 2nd December at 7.30pm with Made in Dagenham (Cert 15, running time 1 hour 53 minutes) starring Sally Hawkins and Bob Hoskins.
Made in Dagenham is a 2010 British film directed by Nigel Cole. The film dramatises the Ford sewing machinists’ strike of 1968 in pursuit of equal pay for women. The film’s theme song, with lyrics by Billy Bragg, is performed by Sandie Shaw, herself a native of the area and a former Ford Dagenham clerk.
Based on a true story, Made in Dagenham explores the movement that caused a significant law reform. Rita O’Grady (a fictional character) leads the 1968 Ford sewing machinists’ strike at the Ford Dagenham plant, where female workers walk out in protest against sexual discrimination, demanding equal pay. This strike causes a lot of public attention around the world and was seen as out of the ordinary to many because it was not generally perceived to be in a woman’s nature to do anything other than traditional family roles. The strike is successful and leads to the Equal Pay Act of 1970.
A review for the film’s 2010 Toronto International Film Festival premiere, called it ‘a film that blatantly condemns sexism and shows, despite its mostly light tone, the real cost of fighting for civil rights. The bee-hived and bobbed characters are fully fleshed and well-rounded even though they fit into ’60s archetypes. This period piece balances optimism and realism in a way that’s both compelling and fun to watch.’
All tickets are £5.00 and are available on-line at www.highburytheatre.co.uk.
Highbury is a membership theatre with an annual membership cost of £1. Membership gives access to all the Highbury Players productions as well as Highbury Cinema films.
The Highbury Players’ 76th season continues on 5-9 December with The Mince Pie of Doom directed by Rob Phillips.
The next date for your Highbury Cinema diary is 7.30pm on Saturday 6 January when we will be screening Pitch Perfect (2012 cert 12A) telling the story of Beca and the all girl A Capella singing group The Bellas who take on their male counterparts in competition.