MADE IN DAGENHAM directed by Nigel Cole, written by William Ivory, with Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson and Bob Hoskins. 113 minutes. A Maple release. Opens Friday (November 26). For venues, trailers and times, see Movies. Rating: NNN
Nigel Cole's (Calendar Girls) drama about female workers striking for equal pay at the UK Ford plant in Dagenham in 1968 is a feminist crowd-pleaser.
Rita O'Grady (an excellent Sally Hawkins) leads the workers' charge, taking on big industry and her craven union bosses and risking alienation from her sweet husband, Eddie (Daniel Mays), and the male workers at the shop.
Enter unlikely allies, including a major Ford exec's wife (Rosamund Pike) and the shit-kicking minister of labour (Miranda Richardson), to help save the day. This is a film that presses the women's solidarity button almost too hard. And the men, except for Rita's husband (Daniel Mays) and union brother (Bob Hoskins), are all pretty icky.
But there's some great writing, and the period detail is exquisite.