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.

In 2022 war in Europe is once more a brutal reality and the theme of the Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival 2022 is inspired by the thought provoking quote from World War One veteran Harry Patch, “War is organised murder and nothing else.”

Our films this year challenge traditional concepts of war-time courage and heroism and make clear that ruling elites always have to lie to us to persuade us to fight each other.

Summary Programme


Organised Murder

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)

Or you can donate using 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 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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