Made in Dagenham
|Made in Dagenham|
|Directed by||Nigel Cole|
|Written by||William Ivory|
|Music by||David Arnold|
|Cinematography||John de Borman|
|Editing by||Michael Parker|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||113 minutes|
Made in Dagenham is a 2010 British film directed by Nigel Cole. The film stars Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Geraldine James, Rosamund Pike, Andrea Riseborough, Jaime Winstone, Daniel Mays and Richard Schiff. It dramatises the Ford sewing machinists strike of 1968 that aimed for equal pay for women. The film's theme song, with lyrics by Billy Bragg, is performed by Sandie Shaw, herself a former Dagenham Ford clerk.
Rita O'Grady leads the 1968 Ford sewing machinists strike at the Ford Dagenham plant, where famale workers walk out in protest against sexual discrimination, demanding equal pay. The strike is successful and leads to the Equal Pay Act 1970.
Historical inaccuracies 
The women did not actually work at the Dagenham assembly plant but about a mile away at the River Plant (a collection of sheds). While the set used for the picket line has a sign that says "River Plant", the dialogue always refers to Dagenham.
The main character and strike leader, Rita O'Grady, is a composite character.
At the beginning of the film, Desmond Dekker's song 'Israelites' is heard. However, at the time depicted in the film, 1968, the song had not been released in the U.K, only topping the charts in April 1969.
The school used in the film is Eastbrook Comprehensive School, Dagenham. The blackboard in the opening scene is the original blackboard from when the school was built.
- Sally Hawkins as Rita O'Grady
- Bob Hoskins as Albert
- Miranda Richardson as Employment Secretary Barbara Castle
- Geraldine James as Connie
- Rosamund Pike as Lisa
- Andrea Riseborough as Brenda
- Jaime Winstone as Sandra
- Daniel Mays as Eddie O'Grady
- Richard Schiff as Robert Tooley
- Lorraine Stanley as Monica
- Nicola Duffett as Eileen
- Matthew Aubery as Brian
- Roger Lloyd-Pack as George
- Phil Cornwell as Dave
- Karen Seacombe as Marge
- Thomas Arnold as Martin
- Sian Scott as Sharon O'Grady
- Robbie Kay as Graham O'Grady
- Andrew Lincoln as Mr. Clarke
- Joseph Mawle as Gordon
- Kenneth Cranham as Monty Taylor
- Marcus Hutton as Grant
- Rupert Graves as Peter Hopkins
- Frank Baker as Frank
- Philip Perry as Arthur Horovitz
- Peter-Hugo Daly as Bartholomew
- Simon Armstrong as Rogers
- Matilda Cole as Emily
- Romy Taylor as Rosie
- Danny Huston as American Boss (voice only)
- Mitchell Mullen as Kronnfeld
- John Sessions as Prime Minister Harold Wilson
- Matt King as Trevor Innes
Of 122 Rotten Tomatoes reviews, 80% rated the film "fresh". Maclean's, in a review for the film's 2010 Toronto International Film Festival premiere, called it a ".. combination of Milk and Mad Men.. It’s a film that blatantly condemns sexism and shows, despite its mostly light tone, the real cost of fighting for civil rights. The bee-hived and bobbed characters are fully fleshed and well-rounded even though they fit into ’60s archetypes, and the period piece balances optimism and realism in a way that’s both compelling and fun to watch."
Xan Brooks of The Guardian gave it three stars out of five, calling it ".. uncomplicated fare, overly spiced with 60s cliches.... But the film is also robust, amiable and so warm-hearted you'd be a churl to take against it." Roger Ebert gave the film three and a half stars out of four., while David Cox, also of The Guardian, gave a less glowing review, suggesting that, despite initial potential, ".. a promising opportunity has been squandered."
Made in Dagenham was nominated for four awards at the 2010 British Academy Film Awards; Outstanding British Film, Costume Design, Make Up & Hair Design and Supporting Actress (Miranda Richardson).
A soundtrack for the film was released, with the following tracks:
- (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me - Sandie Shaw
- Get Ready - The Temptations
- Israelites - Desmond Dekker & The Aces
- It's a Man's Man's Man's World - James Brown
- Days - The Kinks
- Can I Get a Witness - Dusty Springfield
- All or Nothing - Small Faces
- The Boat That I Row - Lulu
- It's Getting Better - Mama Cass
- A Groovy Kind of Love - The Mindbenders
- Wooly Bully - Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs
- Sunday Will Never Be The Same - Spanky and Our Gang
- Green Tambourine - Lemon Pipers
- Paper Sun - Traffic
- Friday on My Mind - The Easybeats
- With a Girl Like You - The Troggs
- You Can Get It If You Really Want - Desmond Dekker
- Made In Dagenham - Sandie Shaw
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- General references
- BBC Films - Made in Dagenham
- Observer article
- Mark Kermode Uncut - Feeling Good in Dagenham
- Long synopsis at Woolton Picture House
- Information on the Visteon Pension Action Group
- The story of the strike, in an article published by the socialist group Workers' Liberty to mark the 40th anniversary in 2008
- Specific references
- "Made in Dagenham: interview with producers Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen". The Daily Telegraph. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-05.
- Made in Dagenham at Box Office Mojo
- Made in Dagenham at Rotten Tomatoes
- "‘Made in Dagenham’: Sweet 1960s sensibility and labour unions". Maclean's. September 9, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-05.
- "Made in Dagenham". The Guardian. 21 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-05.
- "Made in Dagenham: a squandered opportunity". The Guardian. September 13, 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-04.
- "My Top Five Films of the Year". BBC. December 24, 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-23.
- Made in Dagenham: Original Soundtrack at Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-05-15.
- Official website
- Made in Dagenham at the Internet Movie Database
- BBC Film Network - Made in Dagenham interview