Inaugural event begins in the capital this evening and runs until Sunday


The inaugural London Labour Film Festival this evening opens in the capital.

A celebration of social commitment through cinema, and of film’s power to explore the lives and pressures faced by working people, the event runs from this evening until Saturday.

A total of 18 films will be screened, with appearances from Ken Loach, Mike Leigh, Owen Jones and live music from The Men They Couldn’t Hang.

Festival director Anna Burton said: “Cinema is a fantastic way to explore important issues and bring people together People look to be entertained and cinema like this offers understanding and insight in hard times.

“The Great Depression saw people flocking to the cinema, and in the current economic climate we are seeing the same thing. Come and explore working life through documentaries, dramas and brilliantly fun sci-fi and horror as seen through the eyes of the directors.

With films from several countries and events for people of all ages and backgrounds, we expect this to be a stimulating and most of all fun celebration of workers onscreen, showing that working life and accessible stories go hand in hand.”

* More details of the festival are available here


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