Made In Dagenham: DVD Review
Made In Dagenham
Released by Universal
From the director
of Calendar Girls comes a new UK film with a cast that reads like a Who's Who of
It's 1960s Britain, where Ford is at
the height of its power - pumping out thousands of cars daily to the world.
But in the town of Dagenham, where one of the
company's major plants is housed, trouble's a-brewing.
Well, specifically, in the machinist section of the plant populated
by some 187 women, who are downgraded to a lower unskilled band and not happy -
and in one of them, shy and quiet Rita O'Grady (a wonderful Sally Hawkins) they
find the voice to complain to the management at Head Office.
It's fair to say that Made in Dagenham is crowd pleasing in the
extreme; with the usual kind of humour that pioneered the mold with The Full
Monty, this Brit flick sings in terms of soundtrack, dry humorous moments and
some great performances.
Every actor turns in
solid performances - but it's Sally Hawkins who really impresses in this role of
the mousey, put upon Rita whose voice rises up when it's most needed. She's the
emotional centre of the film and she succeeds because she's never showy and
Sure, it's predictable in
places - and you can see where the cracks will come dramatically (which may
irritate the purists who feel that it's UK film making by numbers in terms of
script, jokes and direction) but if the formula ain't broke, then I guess you
don't need to fix it.
Commentary with director, deleted scenes, outtakes, doco and trailer - a