Ajyal Film Festival 2024

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Made in Dagenham (Made in Dagenham)

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Nigel Cole / Feature Narrative / U.K. / 2010 / 113 min / Color / 35 mm
In English / Arabic subtitles
Interests: Drama, Based on a True Story


Blending documentary footage with dramatic re-creations, this populist workers saga starring Sally Hawkins and Bob Hoskins recounts a landmark 1968 strike at the U.K.'s Ford Motors factory, when nearly 200 women protested over equal pay, better working conditions and an end to sexual discrimination. Far from the swinging London scene of the 1960's, life for Dagenham's working women was sweaty and low-paying - no one believed "the revolution" would land there, but indeed it did. The women staged a walkout that was instrumental in creating Britain's Equal Pay Act of 1970. Director Nigel Cole, whose previous films include "Saving Grace," "Calendar Girls" and nature documentaries with Meg Ryan and Julia Roberts, grew up near Dagenham, and his story combines humor, history and drama. "I don't really do straight comedy because I like to have some meat and content - and I don't do bleak, dark drama either: I'm too flippant," he says. "I like a mixture. "

About the Directors

Nigel Cole
Born in the United Kingdom, Cole's debut feature, "Saving Grace," earned him a British Independent Film Award for Best Director and the Audience Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. His next film, "Calendar Girls," was a major box office and critical success throughout the U.K., while other recent features include "A Lot Like Love" and "$5 a Day."


Nigel Cole
William Ivory
Stephen Woolley, Elizabeth Karlsen
Michael Parker
Production Designer
Andrew McAlpine
Executive Producer
Christine Langan, Tim Haslam, Norman Merry, Paul White
David Arnold
John De Borman
Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Geraldine James, Rosamund Pike

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