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Made in Dagenham (2010)

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A dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination.

Director:

Nigel Cole

Writer:

William Ivory
Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Hawkins ... Rita O'Grady
Andrea Riseborough ... Brenda
Jaime Winstone ... Sandra
Lorraine Stanley ... Monica
Nicola Duffett ... Eileen
Geraldine James ... Connie
Bob Hoskins ... Albert Passingham
Matthew Aubrey Matthew Aubrey ... Brian (as Matt Aubrey)
Daniel Mays ... Eddie O'Grady
Roger Lloyd Pack ... George (as Roger Lloyd-Pack)
Phil Cornwell ... Dave
Karen Seacombe Karen Seacombe ... Marge
Thomas Arnold Thomas Arnold ... Martin
Sian Scott Sian Scott ... Sharon O'Grady
Robbie Kay ... Graham O'Grady
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Storyline

In 1968, the Ford auto factory in Dagenham was one of the largest single private employers in the United Kingdom. In addition to the thousands of male employees, there are also 187 underpaid women machinists who primarily assemble the car seat upholstery in poor working conditions. Dissatisfied, the women, represented by the shop steward and Rita O'Grady, work with union rep Albert Passingham for a better deal. However, Rita learns that there is a larger issue in this dispute considering that women are paid an appalling fraction of the men's wages for the same work across the board on the sole basis of their sex. Refusing to tolerate this inequality any longer, O'Grady leads a strike by her fellow machinists for equal pay for equal work. What follows would test the patience of all involved in a grinding labour and political struggle that ultimately would advance the cause of women's rights around the world. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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1968. It's a man's world. But not for long... See more »


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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

We Want Sex See more »

Filming Locations:

Dagenham, Essex, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£674,059 (United Kingdom), 3 October 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,563, 21 November 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,094,798, 10 April 2011
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Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (television footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Both Andrea Riseborough and Rosamund Pike have appeared opposite Tom Cruise in movies, Riseborough in Oblivion (2013) and Pike in Jack Reacher (2012). See more »

Goofs

Whilst the interior of Lisa Hopkins' 1600E Mk 2 Cortina was in fairly good shape for a 42 year old car, it was pretty ropey for a brand new car which it would have been at the time the film was set in. See more »

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Rita O'Grady: All those in favour of not only maintaining but increasing our current industrial action by going to an immediate all-out stoppage until we get the same rates of pay as the men! Well, why not? Cause that's what this is really about, innit? We're on the lowest rate of the entire bleeding factory despite the fact we got considerable skill. And there's only one possible reason for that. It's cause we're women. And in the workplace, women get paid less than men, no matter what skill they got! Which...
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Crazy Credits

Captions in the closing credits: "Two years later in May 1970 the Equal Pay Act became law. Similar legislation quickly followed in most industrial countries across the world. Ford Motor Company Limited went on to effect changes in its employment practices and is now used as an example of a good practice employer." See more »


Soundtracks

Tiger
Written by Brian Auger (as Auger, Brian Albert Gordon) / Sutton, Roger J
Performed by Brian Auger
Published by Universal / Dick James Music Ltd
Licensed courtesy of Fresh Fruit, a division of MiG Music
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Superbly written and performed, a true tale for our tough times
26 September 2010 | by carol-855-617449See all my reviews

Made in Dagenham has brilliantly broken the mould. It combines the clear, explicit and nuanced politics of the best of Ken Loach with the heart-grabbing attractions of any mainstream popular film you care to name. The brilliant scene where Sally Hawkin's modest and unpractised union rep spells out why the job she does is skilled is a metaphor for the whole movie. Politics isn't hard to understand – it's our lives, stupid! I cannot think of a previous British film with a mainstream aesthetic that has had the guts before to put the ordinary workers' point of view so wholeheartedly at its centre. But this is no simplistic idealised narrative. Going on strike, as the women find, makes you very unpopular, not least with the very people you'd thought would support you – the Union leadership and your fellow (male) workers. Nothing is a cinch, nothing too easily won and Sally Hawkins brilliantly portrays the thorny predicament of the figurehead of the struggle beginning to doubt her own single-mindedness and how much it's costing not just her family but the entire town (and possibly the UK's) working community. Made in Dagenham shows a true story in a truthful, thoroughly engaging way. There is not one bum note in any of the performances – from Kenneth Cranham's sleazily compromised Union official, to Rosamund Pike's surprisingly moving posh wife, to Jamie Winstone's wannabe model – everybody has a committed credibility without ever being worthy or cloying and Sally Hawkins (with a startling look of the young Rita Tushingham) plays a richly layered blinder in the central role. Huge hats off to the writer Billy Ivory who has written a bright, funny, completely unpatronising and clever script. And a big, big thank you to producers Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen for the guts to get right inside the truth of this big, big story that started in a little place.


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