In St. John’s tonight – March 17th – there will be a showing of Nigel Cole’s Made in Dagenham as part of the Mun Cinema Series. The film stars Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson, Rosamund Pike and Jaime Winstone. It is about the Ford sewing machinist strike of 1968 that aimed for equal pay for women. Showtime information can be found at the MUN Cinema Series website.
“We love an entertaining solidarity movie, and MADE IN DAGENHAM sure delivers. Based on real events of 1968, the film dramatizes, with brio and wit, the struggle women workers waged for equal pay in a British Ford plant. Even their own union was against them. Guess why? Doh, could it be that the same guys who ran the country, the Ford Motor Co. and the union were, well, guys? The film features the unsinkable Sally Hawkins in the role of rabble rouser Rita O’Grady. She’s mad —and hot— as hell and she’s not gonna take it anymore. Her battle comes with a price: an angry husband, lots of bullying, and even a disapproving Parliament. But Harold Wilson was a total idiot about all of this and ultimately, as we know, Rita won her fight. Hawkins brings the same lively spiritedness she brought to last year’s Happy Go Lucky. No one brings down the house with more charm. Have you driven a Ford lately?” – MUN Cinema