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There seems to be a fail-safe formula for creating successful British films: take some plucky working-class Brits, mix with a situation that tests their mettle, sprinkle in some gritty social history, and, hey presto, you have a sure-fire hit on your hands. Just like
The Full Monty
(also directed by Nigel Cole) before it,
Made in Dagenham
follows that recipe to a T, and is entertaining and touching in equal measure. Set in 1968, it focuses on the struggle of the women machinists at Dagenham's Ford factory to convince management that they deserved the same pay as their "skilled" male colleagues, a breakthrough moment of the 1960s that gave momentum to the campaign for equal pay for women. Cole's film is paced for smiles, not political punches, but the performances and production values are superb. Sally Hawkins is wonderful as the strike's energetic yet reluctant leader, while Miranda Richardson steals every scene as cabinet minister Barbara Castle.
The female employees making upholstery for a 1960s British car firm campaign for the right to equal pay, only for the company to declare their work is `unskilled'. The women embark on a national protest, taking their grievance all the way to the government and demanding a change in the law. Fact-based comedy drama, starring Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson and Bob Hoskins.
Cast & Crew
Contains swearing and a sex scene.
1 Oct 2010
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