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‘Made In Dagenham’ World Premiere in London’s Leicester Square

21 September 2010

Last night saw the world premiere of the Nigel Cole directed 'Made in Dagenham', the stars of the film including Sally Hawkins who portrays heroine Rita O'Grady, the legendary Bob Hoskins who portrays Albert Passingham a major protagonist in the plight of the Dagenham women of Ford Motors.

Also at the red carpet event, was the gorgeous Jaime Winstone who portrays aspiring model Sandra who works at the Dagenham plant and the radiant Rosamund Pike who portrays Lisa Hopkins, a "trophy wife" who becomes an important friend to Rita.



Set in 1968, at the height of industrial action surrounding equal pay at the Dagenham plant of car manufacturing giant Ford, Made in Dagenham is the true story of the strike action taken by 187 sewing machinists which led to the advent of the Equal Pay Act.  Working in extremely impoverished conditions and for long arduous hours, the women at the Ford Dagenham plant finally lay down their tools when they are reclassified as “unskilled”.  With humour, common sense and courage they take on their corporate paymasters, an increasingly belligerent local community, and finally the government itself.  The leader of the women’s struggle is fast-talking, no nonsense Rita whose fiery temper and occasionally hilarious unpredictability proves to be a match for any of her male opponents, and is echoed by Barbara Castle's struggle in the male-dominated House of Commons.


Directed by Nigel Cole (Calendar Girls) and written by William Ivory, the film has been produced by Number 9 Films’ Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen marking the second partnership between Number 9 Films and Paramount Pictures after the UK 2008 box office hit, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People.

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