Due to the Covid-19 lockdown the Tolpuddle Festival in Dorset has been cancelled. This includes the Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival.

However, both the main festival and the film festival are going online.

The main festival will be taking place on the Festival’s Facebook page. Details yet to be confirmed.

The Tolpuddle Covid Lockdown Radical Film Festival will be taking place in online Zoom rooms across the weekend of the 17th-19th of July. Rather than try to compete with the video on demand streamers we will be screening films that you are less likely to find on those more commercial platforms.

We are inviting the film-makers and/or film historians to join us on Zoom and each screening will be followed by an open discussion about the films and the issues raised by them.

This year we are delighted that most of our films are proto-professional, activist, films made by UK and European film-makers. This is in stark contrast to our first festival 6 years ago in which most of our films were US independent or commercial fare.

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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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”

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

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