After a Covid Crisis break in 2021, the Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival returns in 2022 and our films will as usual, be screened in the Vintage Mobile Cinema as part of the Tolpuddle Festival.

Friday July 15th:

Uncovered: The War on Iraq • 2004 • Dir: Robert Greenwald • 56min

War Feels Like War • 2004 • Dir: Esteban Uyarra • 59min

Objector • 2019 • Dir: Molly Stuart • 1hr 15min

Saturday July 16th:

The War Game • 1966 • Dir: Peter Watkins • 48 mins

Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror • 2003 • Dir: John Pilger • 51 min

Waltz With Bashir • 2008 • Dir: Ari Folman • 1hr 30min

Come And See • 1985 • Dir: Elem Klimov • 2hr 16min

Tangerines • 2013 • Dir: Zaza Urushadze • 1hr 27min

Oh, What A Lovely War • 1969 • Dir: Richard Attenborough • 2hr 24min

Sunday July 17th

10.00- 13.00 Small Axe Short Film Competition

War Feels Like War •  2014 • Dir: Esteban Uyarra • 59min

War Feels Like WarA compelling account of the brutalities of 21st Century war, told through the eyes of independent journalists. Esteban Uyarra’s film documents the lives of reporters and photographers who subverted military media controls to get access to the real Iraq War.

Oh, What A Lovely War • 1969 • Dir: Richard Attenborough • 2hr 24min

Oh, What a Lovely WarOh, What a Lovely War! is an epic musical developed by Joan Littlewood and her ensemble at the Theatre Workshop in 1963. It is a satire on World War I, and by extension on war in general. The title is derived from the “somewhat satirical” music hall song “Oh! It’s a Lovely War!”, which is one of the major numbers in the production.

The musical premiered at the Theatre Royal Stratford East on 19 March 1963 to rave audience reaction. Kenneth Tynan’s review in The Observer was titled “Littlewood returns in triumph”

Waltz With Bashir • 2008 • Dir: Ari Folman • 1hr 30min

Waltz With Bashir

Waltz with Bashir, is a 2008 Israeli adult animated war documentary drama film written, produced and directed by Ari Folman. It depicts Folman in search of his lost memories of his experience as a soldier in the 1982 Lebanon War.

Bashir and $9.99 are the first Israeli animated feature-length films released theatrically since Joseph the Dreamer in 1962.

Waltz with Bashir premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival where it entered the competition for the Palme d’Or, and since then has won and been nominated for many additional important awards while receiving wide acclaim from critics and audience alike, which has praised its themes, animation, direction, story and editing. It has grossed over $11 million, winning numerous awards including the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film,[5] an NSFC Award for Best Film, a César Award for Best Foreign Film and an IDA Award for Feature Documentary, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film,[6] a BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language and an Annie Award for Best Animated Feature.

Come And See • 1985  • Dir: Elem Klimov • 2hr 22min

Come & SeeCome and See, is a 1985 Soviet anti-war film directed by Elem Klimov and starring Aleksei Kravchenko and Olga Mironova. Its screenplay, written by Klimov and Ales Adamovich, is based on the 1978 book I Am from the Fiery Village (original title: Я из огненной деревни, Ya iz ognennoj derevni, 1977), of which Adamovich was a co-author. Klimov had to fight eight years of censorship from the Soviet authorities before he could be allowed to produce the film in its entirety.

The film’s plot focuses on the Nazi German occupation of Belarus, and the events as witnessed by a young Belarusian partisan teenager named Flyora, who—against his mother’s wishes—joins the Belarusian resistance movement, and thereafter depicts the Nazi atrocities and human suffering inflicted upon the Eastern European villages’ populace. The film mixes hyper-realism with an underlying surrealism, and philosophical existentialism with poetical, psychological, political and apocalyptic themes.

Objector • 2019  • Dir: Molly Stuart • 1hr 15min

Objector Poster 2Like all Israeli youth, Atalya is obligated to become a soldier. Unlike most, she questions the practices of her country’s military, and becomes determined to challenge this rite of passage. Despite her family’s political disagreements and personal concerns, she refuses military duty and is imprisoned for her dissent. Her courage moves those around her to reconsider their own moral and political positions. Objector follows Atalya to prison and beyond, offering a unique window into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the perspective of a young woman who seeks truth and takes a stand for justice.

Tangerines • 2013 • Dir: Zaza Urushadze • 1hr 27min

TangerinesTangerines, is a 2013 Estonian-Georgian film directed, produced and written by Zaza Urushadze. Set during the 1992–1993 War in Abkhazia, the film is a morality tale addressing issues of conflict, reconciliation and pacifism. It was filmed in Guria, Georgia.

It was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards and was among the five nominated films at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.

In a rural village of ethnic Estonians in Abkhazia, a Russian-backed separatist region in the newly independent Georgia, Ivo (Lembit Ulfsak) and his friend Margus (Elmo Nüganen) are the only two of their once large community who have not fled for Estonia after the outbreak of the war. Margus has delayed leaving until he can harvest his lucrative tangerine crop. Ivo, a carpenter, is attempting to make enough wooden crates to hold all the unpicked tangerines, but doesn’t reveal his reasons for staying.

Two Chechen mercenaries fighting alongside the Abkhaz separatists show up and demand food from Ivo before leaving peacefully. However, they get into a firefight with Georgian soldiers in front of Margus’ house, leaving only one alive from each side. Ahmed (Giorgi Nakashidze), the surviving Chechen, and Nika (Mikheil Meskhi), a Georgian volunteer, are both gravely wounded, and Ivo brings them into his home to nurse them back to health.

The War Game • 1966 • Dir: Peter Watkins • 48 mins

The War GameThe War Game, is a 1966 British pseudo-documentary film that depicts a nuclear war and its aftermath. Written, directed and produced by Peter Watkins for the BBC, it caused dismay within the BBC and also within government, and was subsequently withdrawn before the provisional screening date of 6 October 1965. The corporation said that “the effect of the film has been judged by the BBC to be too horrifying for the medium of broadcasting. It will, however, be shown to invited audiences…”

The film eventually premiered at the National Film Theatre in London, on 13 April 1966, where it ran until 3 May.  It was then shown abroad at several film festivals, including the Venice one where it won the Special Prize. It also won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1967.

The film was eventually televised in Great Britain on 31 July 1985, during the week before the fortieth anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, the day before a repeat screening of Threads.

Uncovered: The War on Iraq • 2004 • Dir: Robert Greenwald • 56min

Uncovered: The War on Iraq, is a 2004 documentary film directed by Robert Greenwald that builds the case that the George W. Bush administration intentionally deceived the American people in order to justify going to war in Iraq in 2003.

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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: Changing Stories CLIC)

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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 decision to show films at Tolpuddle coincided with the restoration of the Vintage Mobile Cinema and we were able 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 Changing Stories CIC 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”

In normal years all screenings of The Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival take place in the Vintage Mobile Cinema.

Why do we need film at Tolpuddle? Our friends at Culture Matters made a short film to explain why film matters politically.

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