Made in Dagenham

Made in Dagenham

Nigel Cole (2010)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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, Billy Elliot and Calendar Girls (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 at Ford's London plant in the 1960s 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

Rita O'Grady Sally Hawkins
Barbara Castle Miranda Richardson
Albert Passingham Bob Hoskins
Brenda Andrea Riseborough
Sandra Jaime Winstone
Monica Lorraine Stanley
Eileen Nicola Duffett
Connie Geraldine James
Director Nigel Cole
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Swearing, sex scene.Available on: DVDReleased on: 1 Oct 2010
Drama Comedy