Made In Dagenham
In 1968, the Ford car factory in Dagenham was one of the biggest private employers in Britain. In addition to thousands of male emplyees, Ford also employed 187 women machinists. Women who were slated as ‘unskilled’ and who were underpaid compared to the male workforce.
With a growing sense of dissatisfaction, the women decide to make a stand, eventually going on strike to demand equal pay. It’s a stand that would reverberate around the world.
Lets face it; the British have a knack for making good solid dramas. Throw them a true story, especially one based in Britain, and you know and you just know the British will make something spectacular.
Made In Dagenham is based on the real life story as mentioned above. This one group of women, not only took on the Ford Motor Company, but also the trade unions that were supposed to support them!
With a stellar cast and fine storytelling, Made In Dagenham tells the story with a hint of humour and a lot of heart. This is no candy coated tale however, and nor should it be. The ramifications of the women’s determination were huge, especially as most of the women were married and their actions put huge strains on their families, as well as the local community.
Made In Dagenham not only serves up a great night in, with a film that will leave you smiling, but it also handles this slice of British political history with a fair yet determined stance.
Reviewed by: Jonathan