The Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival is committed to promoting and screening radical film beyond Tolpuddle. We are founding members of the Radical Film Network and are involved in various radical film initiatives across the UK and Internationally.
We also manage screenings at cost across the UK for trade union branches, colleges and Universities and political societies. Please contact us if you are interested in us organising a screening for you.
Laborfest 2017 – San Francisco
Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival Director, Chris Jury, travelled to San Francisco for the 2017 Laborfest.
Chris presented a screening of Ken Loach’s, I Daniel Blake, and led a discussion afterwards about austerity, the welfare state, the NHS and the similarities and differences with the struggles of the working class in the USA.
Worcester Radical Film Season
Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival @ The World Transformed
Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival took our theme of Cultures Of Resistance to the first World Transformed Festival in Liverpool in September 2016.
We screened the film Cultures Od Resistance to packed houses twice a day for the three days of the festival.
Each screening was followed by a discussion on the role of arts and culture in politically transforming our world.
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.
International Conference of Labor Film Festival Organizers – Washington DC – AFL-CIO – 2014
The Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival represented the UK at the 4th International Conference of Labor Film Festival Organisers hosted in Washington DC by the AFL-CIO (the US equivalent of the TUC).
With festival organisers from all the USA and from the rest of the world including India, Australia and Malaysia, this was a fascinating opportunity to share best practice and celebrate the international vitality of the Labor film community.