Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival 2014

Friday 18 July 2014 – Sunday 20 July 2014

This July Public Domain presents the inaugural Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival, that will run alongside the main Tolpuddle Festival.

We are launching the festival with a pre-release screening of  Still The Enemy Within and will be theming the festival on mining and Trade Unionism in honour of the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Miners strike.

Ken Loach is supporting the festival and may come to speak: “I strongly support the idea of a Radical Film Festival at Tolpuddle. Films can bring in new ideas, new perspectives, new voices. As trade unionists we urgently need to re-examine our attitude to the existing parties. We need real political representation and to re-discover our militancy. Films that reflect struggles of working people can be a spur to action” – Ken Loach

We will be screening films in the Vintage Mobile Cinema which will be parked up in the village of Tolpuddle itself. To do this we need to raise £2500 and to date our sponsors include: Bath Trades Council, Worcester University, Bath Spa University and the UCU Branches of the Universities Of Bath, Bath Spa and Bristol.

The Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival is not expensive to run and the organisers and filmmakers donate their time and work for free.

Nonetheless there are costs in running the festival and in order to ensure the screenings are free we are covering these costs through sponsorship and donations.

We will be hiring the Vintage Mobile Cinema to provide a suitable venue for the festival. We need to pay the expenses of the crew, festival Jury and guest speakers. We will need to promote the Small Axe competition as widely as possible and if we are really successful we will be offering a small prize to the winners.

We need to raise only £2800 to run the festival and we have already raised £1000 of this through sponsorship from a number of trade unions and trade councils. So we need £3000 from you to kick-start this important new initiative that celebrates the role of film in radical politics.

Please click the magnet to contribute to making the festival happen by donating a few quid on our Sponsume Page:


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