The London Labour Film Festival launches next week, with an exciting programme of workers’ films from around the world, including four premieres. It’s just £20 for a festival pass to all films and events – treat yourself, and come away inspired. Monday …

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The London Labour Film Festival launches next week, with an exciting programme of workers’ films from around the world, including four premieres. It’s just £20 for a festival pass to all films and events – treat yourself, and come away inspired.

Monday 28th April – Friday 2nd May

In just 5 days the London Labour Film Festival will open its doors for a 5-day festival, which will be a cinematic exploration of working people on the big screen. This promises to be an enjoyable week of cinema, exploring the lives, hopes and struggles of workers.

With four film premieres, special guests and drinks receptions this promises to be the perfect build up to the May Bank Holiday weekend.

On May Day (May 1st) there will be a Bob Crow and Tony Benn drinks reception at 5:30pm, plus filmic tributes on the big screen at 6pm.

Held at the Odeon, Covent Garden, and putting the spotlight on workers and the often, unseen men and women that keep society moving day in and day out. This is a festival not to be missed.

As our film festival falls within the month of the European Union elections we will be screening some outstanding European films including Rosette, Le Capital and Women’s Day, as well as short vote booster films encouraging people to vote in the upcoming elections.

You can book tickets for the festival here: www.londonlabourfilmfest.com and you can buy a full festival pass (all films/events all week for £20).

THE FOUR FILM PREMIERES – BOOK TICKETS

Monday 28 April – Big Society – The Musical – European film premiere

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Big Society, the musical, centres on Linda who works with young offenders in Liverpool. Facing unemployment, pending the closure of her youth centre, Linda thinks only of Connor, a defiant 14-year-old who has no one apart from her. She risks everything to help him. Director: Lynne Harwood.

Q&A with director Lynne Harwood and cast

(90 minutes)

Wednesday 30 April – Burgos – European film premiere

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In April 2007, Jonas Burgos, an agriculturist and a member of the Farmers Alliance of Bulacan, was abducted by seven armed men and a woman in a restaurant in the Philippines. Seven years later, his mother’s tireless crusade to search for her son still goes on; against a background that the possible abduction was carried out by the Philippine military. Director: Joel Lamangan

Q&A with scriptwriter, War on Want and Human rights for the Philippines

(90 minutes)

Thursday 1 May -Trash Dance – European film premiere

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Trash Dance is a film that finds beauty and grace in a completely unexpected place – garbage trucks and in the unseen men and women who pick up the trash in Austin, Texas. Director: Andrew Garrison

Introduction by director Andrew Garrison

Friday 2 May – Women’s Day – UK film premiere

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Described by many as a Polish ‘Erin Brockovich’, Women’s Day follows the troubles of the heroine, Halina Radwan in her fight for justice against an unscrupulous, low-cost supermarket-chain, Motylek (Butterfly).

The plot is based on the true story of a former manageress of a cut-price supermarket chain in Poland. She took the chain to court for 26,000 złoty (over 5,000 euros) for 2,500 hours of unpaid overtime. Director: Maria Sadowska

Q&A with director Maria Sadowska

(90 minutes)

Programme

Film festival programme


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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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