Friday, October 22, 2010

Film: Made in Dagenham

The very fabulous Amanda emailed me about another SeeFilmFirst release, but unfortunately I couldn't re-use her activation code. So imagine my surprise earlier this week to suddenly receive an email from them with an invitation. Yay!

DH wanted to know what the film was before he committed to attending, but as per my usual policy I preferred to know as little as possible before seeing it. Nothing ruins the viewing of a film more than preconceptions of what it's about, or expecting something particular to happen.

So I didn't know that this was a British film, that it was about women's rights, and that it was going to be a light yet serious feel-good movie. I was excited to see Rosamund Pike's name in the opening credits. She is simply fabulous in every way, so would liven up even the dullest film. Fortunately that wasn't necessary, as this film can stand on it's own two feet.

The film was a little slow in places, but had enough entertaining moments to keep us interesting. And overall, it's hard not to feel the tug at your heartstrings at how marginalised these women were, in our very recent history. There's suddenly the sense that we've come a very, very long way in a very short period of time.

The theatre was only 80% full or so. But boy were they passionate! There were a number of women in the 40-60 age bracket who could not contain their excitement, breaking into spontaneous applause and cheers at various intervals. I guess they know what it's like to have a husband who expects the wife to work outside the home but still do all the cooking and cleaning...!

I found myself angry at the unions. Shouldn't they be about grass-roots passion, run by the workers for the workers? Too frequently they have their own agenda, with union officials having a conflict of interest. After all, if they were good at their job they'd be out of a job. You'll see what I mean when you see the film. A union should be a for a specific purpose or goal, not just generally to impede the employment process.

Verdict: See this film. It's important not to forget about things like this, and the film itself is entertaining enough that you won't be frustrated. It's not a preachy history lesson, more of a funny British flick.


No comments:

Post a Comment