Anyone who has seen director Nigel Cole’s 2003 film Calendar Girls might immediately assume that Made in Dagenham is a thematic follow-up, because it does involve a group of British women trying to make a difference and he’s a similar impressive cast for it. In fact, it’s the very real story of women factory workers at the Dagenham auto plant of the Ford Motor Company who left their jobs in order to protest the lack of fair wages i.e. equal to their male counterparts. The 1968 strike ended up closing the factory down, putting both Ford and the British government on the fence on how to handle the situation, but ultimately leading to the Equal Pay Act of 1970.
Besides another fantastic performance by Sally Hawkins (Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky) as Rita O’Grady, the working mother who inspired the women to walk out, Cole’s impressive cast this time around includes Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Rosamund Pike, Daniel Mays and newcomers Jamie Winstone and Andrea Riseborough.
ComingSoon.net sat down with the eloquent filmmaker for the following video interview in which we discussed:
* Talking about his own connections to Dagenham