Lights, camera and action in Dagenham
PUBLISHED: 10:14 29 November 2010 | UPDATED: 17:55 20 February 2013
Dagenham took centre stage on the red carpet at the end of September with the world premiere of Made in Dagenham at London's Odeon Cinema in London's Leicester Square. Staff from Essex Life were invited guests
Dagenham took centre stage on the red carpet at the end of September with the world premiere of Made in Dagenham at London's Odeon Cinema in London's Leicester Square. Staff from Essex Life were invited guests at the premiere and walked the red carpet alongside the films stars Bob Hoskins, Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson, Daniel Mays, Rosamund Pike and Jaime Winstone.
Made in Dagenham tells the story of a protest by a group of 187 sewing machinists from Fords Dagenham plant who, in 1968, were outraged at being reclassified as unskilled. Taking on not only the company but also the government to highlight the injustice, the protest quickly snowballed to become a revolution over equal pay for women and ultimately led to the introduction of the Equal Pay Act. The film was directed by Nigel Cole, whose previous movies include another Brit hit, Calendar Girls, and was produced by Essex boy Stephan Woolley.
Leading lady Sally, who plays strike leader Rita OGrady, explained how she could identify with the character she played. In the film industry, like a lot of industries, the men have dominated for a long time, she said. I think its great a woman won best director at the Oscars, but I think that its 2010 and that its only just happened is a little bit insane really. But at least it has happened now.
Sally arrived on the red carpet in London in a vintage Ford car with co-star Bob, while fellow stars, Bond girl Rosamund, Jaime and Dagenham girl Sandie Shaw who sings on the soundtrack, signed autographs for cheering fans.