Paul Watson becomes Patron of Tolpuddle Film Festival and Judge of Small Axe Film Competition.

Paul Watson
Paul Watson

We are proud to announce that one of the giants of British documentary film-making, Paul Watson, has become the Patron of the Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival. He will also be Chairman of the Jury for the Small Axe Short Film Awards taking place on the at Tolpuddle on the morning of Sunday 20th July.

Paul Watson is best known for creating powerful and award-winning documentaries for UK television companies including the BBC, ITV, Granada and Channel 4. His earlier works, the ground-breaking, The Family (1974), The Fishing Party (1985) and Sylvania Waters (1993) are striking in their innovative portraits of working-and middle-class British and Australian life on camera.

The Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival is organised by volunteers and funded by numerous small donations from across the spectrum of our broadly left wing supporters.

We are still fund raising even as the event approaches, which is a bit scary, so any help you can give will be much appreciated and anything from £5 upwards will make a real difference.

You can donate via Sponsume or donate directly via Paypal on our Donations page

The inaugural Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival will run alongside the main Tolpuddle Festival and launches with an exclusive pre-release screening of Still The Enemy Within and will be theming the festival on mining and Trade Unionism in honour of the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Miners strike.

“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” Ken Loach

Yours Hopefully
Chris Jury & Reuben Irving
Festival Directors, Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival


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