Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Made in Dagenham
A dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination.
Lisa: "Because I called Mr. Clarke a complete cock."
The story to Made in Dagenham takes place in 1968 Ford Dagenham strike, in which 850 female employees left to protest sexual discrimination.
This movie to me was Uplifting, cheeky and inspiring for women. The movie has a huge cast and there all do a flawless job in their roles. Some of the character's in the movie were funny and likable, even Sally Hawkins character in this movie was a true fighter who would do anything to help women to get there rights and respect that they needed. The writing was great, the directing by Nigel Cole was brilliant and well done.
But the movie does have some character's in this movie that are Forgettable or Wasn't all that interesting. But those character's are in the background for the most of the movie, but when they have their screen time it was painful.
First things first - I've had a stomach bug these last few days, and have mostly been watching films as an alternative to looking at my bedroom ceiling making noises like Tina from Bob's Burgers. So if my reviews lack the wit and perspicacity you've come to expect from the person who worked out Belle was about racism - blame the virus.
Nigel Cole's film about a group of women striking for equal pay at Ford's Dagenham plant is a breezy watch - breezy to the point of being fairly unambitious, and I do wish people could think up another way of evoking the recent past than simply overusing the colour brown. This is, perhaps, the price you pay when…
Wonderfully led by Sally Hawkins, and a story that needs telling.
The story of a group of female workers at a car factory. Towards the beginning of the film we are told that they have the modest aim of being classed as "semi-skilled" rather "unskilled" workers. However, when in a meeting between the factory bosses and their union representative, things take a whole new direction when one of the workers decides to speak out.
The central role is played by Sally Hawkins, who I didn't remember from other films but turns out to have been in "Layer Cake" (working alongside the Duke, for those who want a small clue about that one). Also both her and the actor playing her husband in Made In Dagenham (Daniel Mays) were in the grim…
Hugely likable stuff that is excellently made and tremendously well acted. The script is perfectly fine for what it is, it may have some predictability and obvious plot points and theme stuff going on but its enjoyable and I appreciate the light-hearted tone. Though the terrific acting does bring that required seriousness to proceedings. Sally Hawkins is such an excellent actor and shes magnificent here, she is a leading light in British acting.
A charming biopic that sometimes falls a little too sentimental and silly to make it a truly memorable film.
Sally Hawkins is great as Rita O'Grady, playing the everyday woman who is thrown almost into the world of politics. She gives both an innocent, but then dominating performance. I found it quite enjoyable whenever she was on the screen.
Unfortunately the film did fall into melodrama a few times, which was a shame, with some events that felt a little forced, and maybe could have been dealt with better.
The story itself is interesting, and the film may be a reasonably fluffy telling of the story, but it is both easy to watch, but also quite entertaining.
It probably won't be remembered in years to come, but it's a nice watch on a rainy day.
Watched in November 2010
In 1968 women at the Ford car factory in Dagenham, UK, went on strike to be re-classed as skilled workers it lead to further action demanding equal pay. The women were responsible for making the seats covers and after a while as they were on strike the covers ran out, meaning car production had to stop and the whole factory came to a stand still. The women and the unions were at loggerheads for some time as orders came in from the headquarters in the US. Eventually with the secretary of state involved the demands were eventually met leading to a change in laws and better rights for women across the industrial world.
This is a…
Wonderful, warm, female led film that tells an important story in British History. It doesn't shy away from discussing some sensitive and emotional issues and it has Sally Hawkins in it, what's not to like?
Terrific costuming plus who doesn't want to see Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson, Bob Hoskins and some great supporting actors?
Cole makes his biopic with a lot of irony and humor. Not as much intrigue as in Mad Men, but a lot of 1960s joy nonetheless. It's bright (and white) even in the two scenes where it rains.
Still one of the best British films in recent years.
Probably the sweetest movie ever made about a May ’68 rebellion, this is plays like a thoroughly tamed Norma Rae. The setting is in the titular town, at a Ford Motors plant, where a group of women choose to go on strike for equal pay. The film is sure to be the target of scorn, some of it rightful, but I found it so light on its feet and enjoyable that I could forgive its utter manipulation (e.g. every man is an ineffectual pig, with the exception of the one played by Bob Hoskins) and its complete predictability. There are nice turns from Sally Hawkins and Rosamund Pike. The audience for this is extremely self-selecting. If this general sort of thing would likely appeal to you, it probably will here, but it won’t convert those averse to braindead, feel-good movies by any means. Cole still isn’t much of a director.
Typically great British cast for a BBC funded film; a fun and functional watch.
Does exactly what is says on the tin. From the Billy Elliot, Full Monty etc school of British Film Making it rarely steps out of fourth gear. TV movie-esque.
Inspired by my BA thesis, innit.
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