It’s now only a week to go before the first ever Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival which kicks off on Friday 18th July at 20.00 with a screening of Michael Glawogger’s startling epic Working Man’s Death.
There will be screenings all day Saturday and on Sunday morning there will be screenings and awards for the winners of the Small Axe Film Competition, judged by comedian Jeremy Hardy, film maker Leila Sansour and a living legend of UK broadcast documentary, Paul Watson.
The centrepiece of the festival is an exclusive pre-release screening of brand new feature documentary, Still The Enemy Within, winner of the Audience Award at the 2014 Sheffield Documentary Festival.
In 1984, Margaret Thatcher labelled 160,000 striking miners, their families and supporters, ‘The Enemy Within’. It was to be the longest industrial dispute in British history. As the strike began, a group of miners emerged that were prepared to fight on the front line of every major battle. They were demonised by the media and despised by the government. Dubbed ‘Arthur’s Army’, they were to lead a fightback that would not just rock the government but would change British society forever.
As a grass-roots trade union initiative The Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival has been funded entirely by individuals and trade union regions and branches.