Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival 2019
Just Because You’re Paranoid…
Conspiracies, Witch Hunts & Whistle Blowers
In 2019 the conspiracy theory business is the business to be in! Russian interference, Israeli interference, Hilary’s emails, Cambridge Analytica and social media surveillance, BBC bias, political correctness gone mad, liberal metropolitan elites controlling and manipulating, alt-right oligarchs disrupting… In the era of Trump, Brexit and Wikileaks paranoia seems to be underpinning our entire political discourse.
But history shows us real conspiracies do happen and often with appalling consequences. What is the balance between free-speech and causing offence? When does a terrorist become a freedom fighter? Do the interests of the majority ever justify the persecution of the individual?
The films in this years Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival will hopefully include: Conspiracy, Trumbo, The Insider, The Lives Of Others, Man Of Marble, Citizen Four, War School, London Recruits, The Lobby, Brexit: The Uncivil War, Nae Pasaran*.
[*All films yet to be confirmed.]
The Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival is unique in the UK in that it is funded entirely by trade unionists and the trade union movement. Our Magnificent Seven Sponsors contribute over 60% of our funding but this year we still to need to raise £1300.
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.
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. As trade unionists we urgently need to re-examine our attitude to the existing parties. We need real political representation and to re-discover our militancy. Films that reflect struggles of working people can be a spur to action”