Entertainment Magazine> Film> 2010> "Made in Dagenham"

Made in Dagenham - Impact Made Globally

By Miv Evans

Made in Dagenham is based on a true story about a group of women who change the industrial world from their dilapidated, cramped factory base that leaks rivers in the rain and turns into a sweatshop in the summer.

Ford management didn't do anything about their working conditions because the complainers are, after all, only women.  So when the hand that once rocked the cradle dons a gauntlet and lands a perfect right hook, there is no one more surprised than them.  It really is quite a party.       

It's 1968, the Ford factory in Dagenham employs 55,000 men, who build the cars, and 187 women, who sew the seat covers together.  The women, already on a much lower wage than their male counterparts, are told their job status will be downgraded from semi-skilled to unskilled and their wages decreased accordingly.  The women are incensed, the union steps in and the battle begins.

This film is well paced, an entertaining jaunt and places an industrial revolution in the middle of a fascinating group of people.  It's also a comment on British classism and there is no richer vein than the working class.  If that sounds classist, it's because it is, and that's because I'm British.  There's no escape, no matter where on the spectrum you were born.       

Made in Dagenham Movie Trailer

Watch the Official "Made in Dagenham" movie trailer from Hulu. Click on the white triangle to start the movie.

As well written as this film is, there is a quite a blunder in the set up.  Rita O'Grady (Sally Hawkins), is as timid as a mouse when we first meet her and has to be persuaded to take on the role of union negotiator, so when she makes a ballsy speech at her first management meeting, it feels extremely contrived. Also, Hawkins talks in either a baby voice or uses a breaking quiver, which is extremely irritating and someone with more presence would have added to the charm of this otherwise excellent indie film.

By 1968, the unions in the UK were becoming extremely powerful, with miners' wages soaring until the mines, inevitably, began losing millions, so when Margaret Thatcher got voted in she announced plans to close them down. 

The miners went on strike but she had already stockpiled imported coal and, with one swish of her handbag, brought them to their knees.  So would she have been equally brutal with the Ladies of Dagenham?

If she had to, yes, but she was a pragmatist and all about giving people opportunities, so she'd probably have given the greedy Ford managers the opportunity to either learn to sew or pay the Dagenham seamstresses a fair wage for doing their job.  So history would still have been made, but Maggie's body count would have been a little higher. 

The writer of this review is a confirmed DOT (Daughter of Thatcher) 

To read more reviews by Miv Evans please visit www.emol.org/reporters/evans

International Film Release Dates 

Netherlands: 2 September 2010
Canada: 11 September 2010 (Toronto International Film Festival) (premiere)
Sweden: 24 September 2010
Canada: 25 September 2010 (Edmonton International Film Festival)
Qatar: October 2010 (Doha Tribeca Film Festival)
Norway: 1 October 2010
UK: 1 October 2010
France: 6 October 2010 (Dinard Festival of British Cinema)
USA: 8 October 2010 (Mill Valley Film Festival)
USA: 8 October 2010 (Hamptons International Film Festival)
Finland: 15 October 2010
USA: 27 October 2010 (Austin Film Festival)
Israel: 18 November 2010
USA: 19 November 2010 (limited)
Germany: 20 January 2011

Miv Evans is a British businesswoman who relocated to Los Angeles in 2005. She previously had a comedy drama commissioned by BBC TV and sold her first film to REN Media International in 2008 which she wrote, directed and produced.

Made in Dagenham Movie Reviews from Fandango

Click a link to read comments, reviews and ratings posted by Fandango fans. Join the discussion and post your feedback on this film online. Write a movie review and share it with others. Get the latest Fandango sweepstakes and promotional offers. Watch movies trailers of upcoming films.


Films in 2010

Film Home Page | Entertainment Magazine

© 2010 Film Entertainment Magazine / EMOL.org. All rights reserved.

Film Entertainment Magazine


250x250 Geo Key
Go Fandango!

Buy Fandango Movie Tickets Online

Buy advance tickets to the Toy Story 1 and 2 Double Feature in 3D and get points for posters, DVDs and more!

Buy 1 movie ticket on Fandango and receive a second ticket to the same show free when you use your Visa Signature card.


Blockbuster Total Access - 2 Week Free TrialTry BLOCKBUSTER Total Access FREE! Get the convenience of renting movies online with a choice of how to return them: send them back by mail or exchange them for new movies or discounted game rentals at participating BLOCKBUSTER® stores.


Movies streaming instantly over the Internet to your PC, Mac or TV from Netflix. Instantly watch from thousands of TV episodes & movies streaming from Netflix. Try Netflix for FREE!

Disney Store

125x125 Disney OutletLinks to online only deals on costumes and entertainment. Outlet store discounts. Save up to 60% on collectibles. See this weeks deals at the Disney Store

RealPlayer Plus

RealPlayer PlusIt's everything people want in a media player including; pristine audio/ video playback, built-in music store, access to worldwide radio.

Receive RealPlayer Plus free with your free 14 day SuperPass trial.

Watch TV Online with SuperPass - 14 Day Free Trial

Hollywood Mega Store

Officially licensed products include celebrities, movies, sports, NASCAR, TV, Marvel, DC Comics and much more. Largest selection of Movie Night & Hollywood Theme Party Supplies, Decor, Favors, and unique items. Very popular Hollywood Trophies. Hollywood and Nostalgic Gift Sets and Gift Baskets. Favored Home Theater Decorations including Reels, Commemoratives, Cinema Lamps and more. Collector items including NECA Action Figures and Head Knockers, Shotglasses, Celebriducks, Tin Signs and Zippo Lighters. Most sought after Posters, Prints and Framed Celebrity Prints. Most popular celebrity, movie and music T-shirts. Hollywood theme T-shirts, Tote Bags and Caps. Very hot JH Design Jackets and Hoodies for men, women, and kids, in all sizes. Celebrity and Novelty License Plates. Rare Vintage License Plates. California Traffic & Street Signs.

MGM Movie Store

Official Shop of MGMShop for all of your MGM favorites at MGMStore.com - Rocky, Pink Panther, Stargate, and more! Celebrity and movie clothing, Toys & Games, Jewelry and more from MGM movie titles. Collectibles and Gifts.

Warner Bros. Store

Official Shop of Looney TunesShop at the Warner Bros. Shop: WBShop.com

Toys, games, clothing, posters and more from your favorite Warner Bros. characters like Tweety & Superman and from your favorite WB movies like Harry Potter