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Made in Dagenham

Made in Dagenham
Directed by Nigel Cole
Produced by
Written by William Ivory
Music by David Arnold
Cinematography John de Borman
Edited by Michael Parker
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • 11 September 2010 (2010-09-11) (TIFF)
  • 1 October 2010 (2010-10-01) (United Kingdom)
Running time 113 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £5 million[1]
Box office $12,395,087[2]

Made in Dagenham is a 2010 British film directed by Nigel Cole. The film stars Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Geraldine James, Rosamund Pike, Andrea Riseborough, Jaime Winstone, Daniel Mays and Richard Schiff. It dramatises the Ford sewing machinists strike of 1968 that aimed for equal pay for women. The film's theme song, with lyrics by Billy Bragg, is performed by Sandie Shaw, herself a native of the area and a former Ford Dagenham clerk.

A stage musical version of the film opened at London's Adelphi theatre in 2014.


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Reception 3
  • Soundtrack 4
  • Musical 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Rita O'Grady (a fictional character) leads the 1968 Ford sewing machinists strike at the Ford Dagenham plant, where female workers walk out in protest against sexual discrimination, demanding equal pay. The strike is successful and leads to the Equal Pay Act 1970.



Of 122 Rotten Tomatoes reviews, 80% rated the film "fresh".[3] Maclean's, in a review for the film's 2010 Toronto International Film Festival premiere, called it a ".. combination of Milk and Mad Men.. It’s a film that blatantly condemns sexism and shows, despite its mostly light tone, the real cost of fighting for civil rights. The bee-hived and bobbed characters are fully fleshed and well-rounded even though they fit into ’60s archetypes, and the period piece balances optimism and realism in a way that’s both compelling and fun to watch."[4]

Xan Brooks of The Guardian gave it three stars out of five, calling it ".. uncomplicated fare, overly spiced with 60s cliches.... But the film is also robust, amiable and so warm-hearted you'd be a churl to take against it." Roger Ebert gave the film three and a half stars out of four.,[5] while David Cox, also of The Guardian, gave a less glowing review, suggesting that, despite initial potential, ".. a promising opportunity has been squandered."[6]

Mark Kermode praised the film highly on his weekly show on BBC Radio 5 Live. He ranked it as his fourth favourite film of 2010, beating such films as The Social Network and Another Year.[7]

Made in Dagenham was nominated for four awards at the 2010 British Academy Film Awards; Outstanding British Film, Costume Design, Make Up & Hair Design and Supporting Actress (Miranda Richardson).


A soundtrack for the film was released, with the following tracks:[8]

The title song was written by David Arnold and Billy Bragg just for the film.[8]


A musical adaption of the film is scheduled to open on 5 November 2014, at the Adelphi Theatre in London. Scripted by Richard Bean, and directed by Rupert Goold, it will star Gemma Arterton in the lead role.[9]


General references
  • BBC Films - Made in Dagenham
  • Observer article
  • Mark Kermode Uncut - Feeling Good in Dagenham
  • Long synopsis at Woolton Picture House
  • Information on the Visteon Pension Action Group
  • The story of the strike, in an article published by the socialist group Workers' Liberty to mark the 40th anniversary in 2008
Specific references
  1. ^ "Made in Dagenham: interview with producers Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen".  
  2. ^ Made in Dagenham at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ Made in Dagenham at Rotten Tomatoes
  4. ^ "‘Made in Dagenham’: Sweet 1960s sensibility and labour unions".  
  5. ^ "Made in Dagenham".  
  6. ^ "Made in Dagenham: a squandered opportunity".  
  7. ^ "My Top Five Films of the Year".  
  8. ^ a b Made in Dagenham: Original Soundtrack at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-05-15.
  9. ^ "Gemma Arterton to star in Made in Dagenham musical".  

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