Recommended Weekend Viewing – Made in Dagenham (2010)

Looking for something enjoyable to watch over the weekend? I highly recommend this…

Made in Dagenham is perhaps one of the worst films to summarise. When one says “it’s about unions in 1960s England”, one would be forgiven for running in the other direction to avoid something that would be shown in history classes. But, in fact, it’s an incredibly entertaining and at times very touching film that transcends its potentially dry fate to become among the most lovely 90 minutes I’ve spent in front of my TV for some time. Combining meticulous period detail (hello, apartments from Fish Tank!), light direction, and all around excellent performances (particularly Sally Hawkins, Rosamund Pike and Miranda Richardson) of great characters, Made in Dagenham becomes a film that doesn’t fall prey to being over sentimental, instead evoking real laughter and tears (whenever I think of that “don’t give up” scene I start crying) in equal measure. My advice to those interested in this: don’t ask, just watch. Hopefully, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Rating: 4/5

-Ella

Made in Dagenham received a limited release in October 2010.

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