David Caute (novel)|
|Music by||Sergei Prokofiev|
|Edited by||Sarah Ellis|
This deals with some of the life story of the 17th Century social reformer and writer Gerrard Winstanley, who, along with a small band of followers known as the Diggers tried to establish a self-sufficient farming community on common land at St. George's Hill ("Diggers' Hill") near Cobham, Surrey. The community was one of the world's first small-scale experiments in socialism/communism, and its ideas were copied elsewhere in England during the time of the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell, but was quickly suppressed and in the end left only a legacy of ideas to inspire later generations of socialist theorists.
Great efforts were made to produce a film of high historical accuracy. Armour used was actual armour from the 1640s, borrowed from the Tower of London. Real-life activist Sid Rawle played a Ranter (English Revolution period anarchist-type group).
- Gerard Winstanley - Miles Halliwell
- Tom Haydon - Terry Higgins
- Lord General Fairfax - Jerome Willis
- Will Everard - Phil Oliver
- Parson Platt - David Bramley
- Mrs. Platt - Alison Halliwell
- Captain Gladman - Dawson France
- Henry Bickerstaffe - Bill Petch
- Colonel Rich - Barry Shaw
- Ranter - Sid Rawle
- John Coulton - George Hawkins
- Recorder - Stanley Reed
- Sir Francis Drake - Philip Stearns
- Mrs. Drake - Flora Skrine
- "Winstanley and the Historical Film: An Interview with Kevin Brownlow" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-11-20.
- Gardiner, David. "Winstanley". Mindspring Reviews. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
- "Winstanley on DVD and Blu-Ray". Retrieved 2012-11-20.
- Winstanley on IMDb
- Dennis Schwartz review of 'Winstanley'
- Book 'Winstanley: Warts and All' by Kevin Brownlow (about the making of the film)
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