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MADE IN DAGENHAM

by Nigel Cole

synopsis

The story of Rita O'Grady 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". With humour, common sense and courage they take on their corporate paymasters, an increasingly belligerent local community, and finally the g overnment itself. The leader of the women's struggle is fast-talking, no nonsense Rita whose fiery temper and occasionally hilarious unpredictability proves to be a match for any of her male opponents, and is echoed by Barbara Castle's struggle in the male-dominated House of Commons.

international title: We Want Sex
original title: Made in Dagenham
country: United Kingdom
sales agent: HanWay Films
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Nigel Cole
film run: 113'
release date: UK 01/10/2010, IT 03/12/2010, DE 13/01/2011, FR 09/03/2011
screenplay: Billy Ivory
cast: Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Geraldine James, Rosamund Pike, Daniel Mays
cinematography by: John de Borman
film editing: Michael Parker
art director: Andrew McAlpine
costumes designer: Louise Stjemsward
music: David Arnold
producer: Laurie Borg, Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley, Tim Haslam
production: Number 9 Films Ltd
backing: UK Film Council
distributor: Paramount Pictures United Kingdom, Lucky Red, Tobis Film, ARP Sélection
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