Made in Dagenham
A dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination.
This movie stakes place in the 1960’s when Ford had a plant in Great Britain and there were 187 women who worked there as machinists. They sewed material together for car seats. It turns out that they were being paid significantly less than the men working there and that Ford did this by declassifying them as “unskilled”. Bob Hoskins who’s the shop steward explains that this isn’t about declassification, it’s about paying women less. And so spunky Rita O’Grady (Sally Hawkins), a de facto spokesperson for the women, decides that this isn’t fair. This is a sort of an interesting movie. It’s kind of “Norma Rae” for Britain. What I liked about it about it was how they showed how you can go from being a hero to being the villain in a millisecond depending on what people’s perception is. It’s well acted. I think that to a certain extent, Sally Hawkins, who was terrific in “Happy Go Lucky”, is miscast. Bob Hoskins is wonderful in it, as are some other actors whose faces you’ll recognize, so for you it might be worth it. I give this three stars.