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The film stars the award winning Sally HAWKINS as Rita who is the catalyst for the 1968 Ford Dagenham strike by 187 sewing machinists which led to the advent of the Equal Pay Act. Working in extremely impoverished conditions for long arduous hours which they must balance with their domestic lives, the women at the Ford Dagenham plant finally lose their patience when they are reclassified as “unskilled”.
The film portrays Ford Dagenham strike by women workers in England, which led to the advent of the Equal Pay Act. In 1968, the Ford Motor factory is the industrial heart of Essex, England, employing 55,000. Among them 180 are women. They sew car seats in extremely impoverished work environment where rain falls through the corrupted iron roof and which becomes a sweat shop in the summer. They endure long arduous labor hours but lose their patience when they are reclassified as ‘unskilled’. Finally, they go out to the street and start their demonstration.
Based on a true story, Made in Dagenham looks into the lives of women workers and brings humor and upbeat note as it deals with an intense strike. By doing so, it goes further to illuminate the courage, patience, and the joy of being together that ordinary women find from inside their hearts. As they take on their husbands, paymasters, men workers and the belligerent local community, it becomes clear that their united power and righteous minds are the very essence that eventually leads them to the victory. (KWON Eun-sun)
Nigel COLENigel COLE
Nigel COLE’s first feature Saving Grace scooped him a British Independent Film Award for Best Director and the Audience Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. This was followed up with Calendar Girls which was both a major success at the box office and critically acclaimed. Further feature film directorial credits include A Lot Like Love and 5 Dollars a Day. Nigel has also directed In the Wild series, which won the Genesis Award in PBS Documentary of the Year.