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Made in Dagenham receives world premiere in London

Made in Dagenham, World Premiere

Story by Jack Foley

THE stars of Made in Dagenham, a new film about equal pay for women, attended the world premiere of the film in London on Monday (September 20, 2010).

Sally Hawkins, Rosamund Pike, Jaime Winstone, Daniel Mays and Bob Hoskins were among the celebrities who greeted fans, signed autographs and posed for photos.

The film tells the true story of female staff at the Ford Dagenham plant who fought back after being reclassified as “unskilled” in 1968.

Hawkins, who had earlier in the day been taken ill at a press event, braved the premiere to greet fans and speak to more reporters.

She told the Daily Telegraph that although the movie shone a light on a forgotten chapter in UK history, inequality remains in many industries – including film.

Praising the fact that a woman director (Kathryn Bigelow) won the best director Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards for the first time in the event’s history, she also pointed out that “it’s a bit insane” that it had taken until 2010 to do so.

Made In Dagenham was directed by Nigel Cole, who also made the British hits Calendar Girls and Saving Grace, and opens in UK cinemas on October 1.

Some of the original 187 striking Ford factory workers, who were consulted about the movie, also attended the premiere, while some of the original Ford models they worked on were also present.

View photos from the world premiere

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