Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival 2020

I Get Knocked Down…

But I get up again. You ain’t ever gonna keep me down!

The Corbyn era is over, Bexit has happened, swathes of the working class in the Midlands and the North have turned away from the Labour Party and the Tories have their biggest majority in a generation. So what next for the labour movement?

The films at this year’s Tolpuddle festival have been chosen to explore how the UK Labour Movement can pick it self up, dust its self off and start all over again.

I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down
I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down

Tubthumping, Chumbawumba

This year we are reaching out to find the Tolpuddle 11 Sponsors

Tolpuddle is entirely run by volunteers but each year we need to raise over £3500 to pay for the hire of the cinema bus, screening fees and promotion.

This year for £220, you, your trade union branch, your regional office or your national union can become one of the Tolpuddle’s 11.

Please email Chris Jury if you are interested in becoming one of the 2020 Tolpuddle’s 11 trade union sponsors:


The Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival is unique in the UK in that it is funded entirely by trade unionists and the trade union movement.

If you or your trade union, branch or local trade council can help then donations can be paid directly in to our bank account via an online BACS:

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Cash or cheques can be sent to Chris Jury, Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival, 48 New Street, Shipston-On-Stour, Warwickshire. CV36 4EN. (Cheques payable to: Public Domain Arts & Media CLIC)

Donations can be paid directly in to our bank account online via PayPal:

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• Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival 2019 • Magnificent Seven Sponsors •

A festival in Tolpuddle to celebrate the story of the 6 martyrs has been running in one form or another since 1875. In it’s present form the festival was developed in 1997 by Nigel Costley the then newly appointed South West TUC Regional Secretary, with the help of Dick Muskett from the Workers Beer Company. Today the festival ranks with The Durham Miners Gala and Levellers Day in Burford, Oxfordshire, as one the key summer events in the annual calendar of the UK Left.

Music, theatre and dance have been well represented at the festival since 1997 and the possibility of incorporating radical film into the festival has been on the agenda for many years. In 2014 the formation of The Radical Film Network and Public Domain Productions coincided with the restoration of the Vintage Mobile Cinema and collaboration with GorillaCinema to make the ambition for film at Tolpuddle into a reality.So in 2014 The Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival was founded by Chris Jury Of Public Domain and Reuben Irving from Gorilla Cinema / University of Worcester. It is hoped the film festival will run for many years and grow in size and scope.

Ken Loach is a supporter of the film festival and says:

“I strongly support the idea of a Radical Film Festival at Tolpuddle.
Films can bring in new ideas, new perspectives, new voices.
We need real political representation and to re-discover our militancy.
Films that reflect struggles of working people can be a spur to action”

All screenings of The Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival
take place in the Vintage Mobile Cinema.

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