Made in Dagenham
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Made in Dagenham is a 2010 British film directed by Nigel Cole. The film stars Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Geraldine James, Rosamund Pike, Andrea Riseborough, Jaime Winstone, Daniel Mays and Richard Schiff. It dramatises the Ford sewing machinists strike of 1968 that aimed for equal pay for women. The film's theme song, with lyrics by Billy Bragg, is performed by Sandie Shaw, herself a native of the area and a former Ford Dagenham clerk.
Made in Dagenham
Directed byNigel Cole
Produced by
Written byWilliam Ivory
Based onEqual pay for women during the Ford sewing machinists strike of 1968
Music byDavid Arnold
CinematographyJohn de Borman
Edited byMichael Parker
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • 11 September 2010 (TIFF)
  • 1 October 2010 (United Kingdom)
Running time
113 minutes[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget£5 million[2]
Box office$12.3 million[3]
A stage musical version of the film opened at London's Adelphi Theatre in 2014.
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Based on a true story, Made in Dagenham explores the movement that caused a significant law reform. Rita O'Grady (a fictional character) leads the 1968 Ford sewing machinists strike at the Ford Dagenham plant, where female workers walk out in protest against sexual discrimination, demanding equal pay. This strike causes a lot of public attention around the world and was seen as out of the ordinary to many because it was not in a woman's nature to do anything else other than the traditional family roles. The strike is successful and leads to the Equal Pay Act 1970. [4]
Of 122 Rotten Tomatoes reviews, 80% of critics gave the film a positive review.[5] Maclean's, in a review for the film's 2010 Toronto International Film Festival premiere, called it a ".. combination of Milk and Mad Men.. It’s a film that blatantly condemns sexism and shows, despite its mostly light tone, the real cost of fighting for civil rights. The bee-hived and bobbed characters are fully fleshed and well-rounded even though they fit into ’60s archetypes, and the period piece balances optimism and realism in a way that’s both compelling and fun to watch."[6]
Xan Brooks of The Guardian gave it three stars out of five, calling it ".. uncomplicated fare, overly spiced with 60s cliches.... But the film is also robust, amiable and so warm-hearted you'd be a churl to take against it.",[7] while David Cox, also of The Guardian, gave a less glowing review, suggesting that, despite initial potential, ".. a promising opportunity has been squandered."[8]
Roger Ebert gave the film three and a half stars out of four.[9] Mark Kermode praised the film highly on his weekly show on BBC Radio 5 Live. He ranked it as his fourth favourite film of 2010, beating such films as The Social Network and Another Year.[10]
Made in Dagenham was nominated for four awards at the 2010 British Academy Film Awards; Outstanding British Film, Costume Design, Make Up & Hair Design and Supporting Actress (Miranda Richardson).
ALFS AwardsSupporting Actress of the YearRosamund PikeNominated
British Academy Film AwardsBest British FilmNominated
Best Costume DesignLouise StjernswardNominated
Best Makeup and HairElizabeth Yianni-GeorgiouNominated
Best Actress in a Supporting RoleMiranda RichardsonNominated
British Independent Film AwardsBest Supporting ActorBob HoskinsNominated
Best Supporting ActressRosamund PikeNominated
Best Performance by an ActressSally HawkinsNominated
Best Screenplay of a British Independent FilmWilliam IvoryNominated
EDA AwardWomen's Image AwardSally HawkinsNominated
Eddie AwardsBest Edited Feature Film – Comedy or MusicalMichael ParkerNominated
Evening Standard British Film AwardsStandard Award for Best ActressSally HawkinsNominated
Standard Award for Best Technical/Artistic AchievementAndrew McAlpineNominated
Satellite AwardsBest FilmNominated
Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or ComedySally HawkinsNominated
Women's Image Network AwardsActress Feature FilmSally HawkinsNominated
A soundtrack for the film was released, with the following tracks:[11]
  1. "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" - Sandie Shaw
  2. "Get Ready" - The Temptations
  3. "Israelites" - Desmond Dekker & The Aces
  4. "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" - James Brown
  5. "Days" - The Kinks
  6. "Can I Get a Witness" - Dusty Springfield
  7. "All or Nothing" - Small Faces
  8. "The Boat That I Row" - Lulu
  9. "It's Getting Better" - Mama Cass
  10. "A Groovy Kind of Love" - The Mindbenders
  11. "Wooly Bully" - Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs
  12. "Sunday Will Never Be The Same" - Spanky and Our Gang
  13. "Green Tambourine" - Lemon Pipers
  14. "Paper Sun" - Traffic
  15. "Friday on My Mind" - The Easybeats
  16. "With a Girl Like You" - The Troggs
  17. "You Can Get It If You Really Want" - Desmond Dekker
  18. "Made In Dagenham" - Sandie Shaw
The title song was written by David Arnold and Billy Bragg just for the film.[11]
Main article: Made in Dagenham (musical)
A musical adaption of the film opened on 5 November 2014, at the Adelphi Theatre in London. Scripted by Richard Bean, and directed by Rupert Goold, it starred Gemma Arterton in the lead role.[12]
General references
Specific references
  1. ^ http://www.bbfc.co.uk/releases/made-dagenham-2010
  2. ^ "Made in Dagenham: interview with producers Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen". The Daily Telegraph. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2010.
  3. ^ Made in Dagenham at Box Office Mojo
  4. ^ Allott, Serena (9 September 2010). "Made in Dagenham: set report". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  5. ^ Made in Dagenham at Rotten Tomatoes
  6. ^ "'Made in Dagenham': Sweet 1960s sensibility and labour unions". Maclean's. 9 September 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2010.
  7. ^ "Made in Dagenham". The Guardian. 21 September 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2010.
  8. ^ "Made in Dagenham: a squandered opportunity". The Guardian. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
  9. ^ Ebert, Roger (23 November 2010). "They thought they should be paid like men". Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  10. ^ "My Top Five Films of the Year". BBC. 24 December 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
  11. ^ a b Made in Dagenham: Original Soundtrack at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-05-15.
  12. ^ "Gemma Arterton to star in Made in Dagenham musical". BBC. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
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