Made in Dagenham

I expected this film to be very serious as it is about history but it was not: the genre of the film is social history with elements of comedy. The women who go on strike are all funny characters with different senses of humour which makes the film more interesting to watch as there is a mixture of personalities. The actor Sally Hawkins who plays the main character Rita O’Grady plays the part very well because when she makes her speeches about woman having equal pay she makes them very emotional and meaningful as if she was still needing to fight for equal pay.

Not only does the film show the lives of the women fighting for equal pay but it also shows how the men were affected when ‘Ford’, the company, had to close. Rita O’Grady’s husband Eddie O’Grady did not have a job once all the women were on strike, so the tension between the two began to grow, they argued a lot and he decided to stop supporting her. But when Rita made her final speech which was heart warming, he supported her.

The most memorable scene is Rita’s final speech, it made men realise women are equal and should be respected, treated and paid the same. Because she made the speeches so meaningful and all her friends were supporting her it made you so proud of females.

I really enjoyed the film, the only negative point is that the camera work and background images on some of the scenes were bad quality and looked fake, but other than that, it is an amazing film!

I would recommend it for all age groups as it is quite educational and hilarious. It gives you a good knowledge of exactly what happened in the past and how women kept fighting for what they believed in. It showed that if you really want something, you have to fight for it.  Then you will achieve it.

Ellice Rawding-Guille


This bright and vibrant look back into the 60’s, gives us a glance into the days where women were viewed as second class to men. The film show us, as the audience, how in 1968, the push for sexual equality was made by the women of the Ford Dagenham car plant.

The film tries to show the way in which women were viewed as less skilled than their male counterparts, and how the women took their stance and fought to get the same pay as men. This more serious piece of social history is cleverly hidden behind the upfront comedy they tried to include as much as possible.

The director Nigel Cole is very skilled at how he delivers the film to the big screen. The Director manages to get the more serious message of the history made in 1968 to the audience at the same time as keeping the audience amused with the comedy that is ever present throughout the film.

The title of the film is a very clever one as ‘Made in Dagenham’ can mean both the car seats and the history the women made in the late 60’s when they walked out in protest.

The film is easy to follow and flows quite well between the comedy and the more serious points the writer has included.

The director Nigel Cole has had a fair bit of experience in this genre of film, having also directed the high grossing film ‘Calendar Girls’.  Both films have seriousness in the shadow of the humour, but in a way that the more pressing points still get to you.

Sally Hawkins plays the at first quite shy and timid machinist who really comes out of her shell, much to the surprise of her husband and herself. As the film develops into the latter stages, Rita O’Grady really out does herself, persuading hundreds of women across the industry to stand against the madness that is sexual discrimination and to join with her in the campaign for equal pay and overall total equality.

I enjoyed the film and think the film portrays the working class women’s struggle for equality in a fun and captivating way that holds your attention until the credits roll.

Overall I would encourage people to get their shoes on and head to the nearest cinema, if not to learn a bit of British history, to have a good laugh and a good day out.

 Ben Snow


Made in Dagenham is a historical film based on real life events in the 1968 Ford car plant in Dagenham, in which women first went on strike for sexual discrimination.

My expectations from before I watched this film where rather low. However from after watching this film I have to say that it is truly a work of art, and I would recommend it to any one who has a taste for knowledge and history.

This film is truly made by the superb leading actress sally Hawkins who plays the role of Rita O’grady. She really seems to express this role with great passion. Without her there would be no film. In one scene she has been invited along to a meeting to represent the women of the factory. She has been tooled to be quiet and nod and agree to everything that is said. Until she can take it no longer and explodes with anger and truly speaks on behalf of the women and not from a mans point of view.

The directors, Nigel Cole and Stephan Woolley, really seem to capture life of the 1960s, with the old motor vehicles scenery, and of course the fashion.

Allot of thought has gone into the making of this film and its going to come out on top.

Jack Goddard


Low-budget and lack of celebrities makes Made in Dagenham an emotional but enjoyable ‘Summer’ film. Honestly, I expected this to be a film for O.A.Ps who craved a ‘blast from the past’, with a tag of comedy which I thought would be non-existent. The director, Nigel Cole, created a film which is both light-hearted and interesting at the same time.

The story follows Rita O’Grady (played by Sally Hawkins), who is a machinist at the local Ford Factory. After being labelled un-skilled and having their pay reduced Rita and the other machinists decide to rebel and eventually strike. After meeting with the male bosses of Ford, Rita sees the attitude s of men towards women and decides to aim for something higher: equality. As the film continues you see the effect the strikes have on the families of the machinists with Rita’s husband Eddie O’Grady (Daniel Mays) feeling more and more used.

The directors, both Nigel Cole and Stephen Woolley created clear cut and important messages which are present throughout the whole film. The directors highlight particularly the attitude that women were inferior and not as important in society. The directors have shown that even husbands thought their wives were inferior.

The directors have used the social history/comedy genre of the film to its full potential. Whereas other films would create characters with an almost predictable personality, the writers (and actors) have created characters which are relatable and actually believable. Although Rita O’Grady is a composite character you really get the impression that she was the one who spurred on the rebellion against society for equality. They have not created a Boadicea with unlimited reserves of courage, but a timid and honest character who just wants equality.

The production quality I believe is an important aspect of the film. The almost grainy quality of the camera and animated background has just added to the charm of the film. It shows you don’t need special effects, 3D glasses or Brad Pitt to make a great film, just a believable plot. Which leads on nicely to the most memorable part of the film, for me… 

Whereas other people may say the comedic scenes of the film are most memorable I believe that the most compelling moment is when Eddie and Rita are arguing and Eddie pleads for her to stop rebelling and return to work. He describes how he has never raised a hand against her, he’s good to the kids and is not down at the pub for all hours to which she replies: ‘I am fighting for Rights not Privileges, Eddie’. I think that this one quote sums up the film perfectly. It shows that women are not fighting for better pay, but a better livelihood.

This is a film which has few others to which it can compare. Although it does not have special effects or ‘A-List Celebrities’ it is a sheer enjoyable film with the perfect combination of justice and reality. It’s emotional, comedic, believable, and contains everything a film needs to be enjoyable. Where others may slate the film for its almost simplistic view on the strikes, I believe that it creates a charm to the film and creates an interesting and easy-to-follow storyline.

I would recommend this film to all ages, all interests, but most importantly, all genders. It has a little something for everyone and requires more recognition so that similar films can be created. An excellent film which should not be missed.

Alex Hood.       

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