This year the Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival is working with Year Two Drama And Creative Activism students at Bath Spa University to take part in the 3rd annual Global Labor Film Festival (GLFF).
The GLFF is sponsored by the AFL-CIO (the American TUC), and is a unique international film festival in which labour film festivals from all over the world screen a labor-themed film of their choice during the month of May, chosen because May 1—International Workers’ Day—is a national holiday in more than 80 countries and celebrated unofficially in many other countries.
In 2015 the GLFF once again encircles the world with cinematic solidarity, touching down this year in Turkey, London, Vermont, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Rochester, N.Y., and Monterey and San Jose, Calif and now Bath, England!
As part of the 2015 GLFF, the Tolpuddle Radical Film festival will be screening, Still Ragged: 100 years of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist, as part of the Dramatic Dissent event at Burdall’s Yard in Bath on May 6th.
The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists is a novel by Robert Tressell first published in 1914 after his death in 1911. An explicitly political work, it is widely regarded as a classic of working-class literature. It placed seventy second in the 2003 The Big Read survey conducted by the BBC.
‘Still Ragged: 100 Years of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’ is a documentary that is free to anyone who wants to host a free screening of the film. We hope the film can spearhead a mini-campaign to get more people reading the book.