Friday 17 July 2015 – Sunday 19 July 2015
This is what democracy looks like?
2015 is the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta, and the750th anniversary of Simon De Montfort’s 1265 parliament at which representatives of the cities and boroughs were present alongside knights for the first time. These two events together paved the way for the emergence of the House of Commons and British representative democracy, as we know it today.
The 2015 Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival critically explores the relationship between the democratic citizen, the state and the corporation in this era of globalised, neoliberal turbo-capitalism.
The Square (2013 – This Oscar nominated documentary on the Egyptian uprising, is an immersive experience, transporting the viewer deeply into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news. It is the inspirational story of young people claiming their rights, and struggling through multiple forces, in the fight to create a society of conscience.
No (2012) – An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile’s 1988 referendum.
The Spirit of ’45 (2013) – A documentary on how the spirit of unity, which buoyed Britain during the war years, carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society.
It Happened Here (1963) – 1945 and the Nazis have won the Second World War and invaded Britain. There is a split between the resistance and those who prefer to collaborate with the invaders for a quiet life. The protagonist, a nurse, is caught in the middle.
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2003) – A documentary focusing on events in Venezuela leading up to and during the April 2002 coup d’état attempt, which saw President Hugo Chávez removed from office for two days and then reinstated due to popular pressure.
Friday 17th July
Saturday 18th July
Sunday 19th July
11.00-13.00 Small Axe Short Film Festival
This year the Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival is working with Year Two Drama And Creative Activism students at Bath Spa University to take part in the 3rd annual Global Labor Film Festival (GLFF).
The GLFF is sponsored by the AFL-CIO (the American TUC), and is a unique international film festival in which labour film festivals from all over the world screen a labor-themed film of their choice during the month of May, chosen because May 1—International Workers’ Day—is a national holiday in more than 80 countries and celebrated unofficially in many other countries.
In 2015 the GLFF once again encircles the world with cinematic solidarity, touching down this year in Turkey, London, Vermont, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Rochester, N.Y., and Monterey and San Jose, Calif and now Bath, England!
As part of the 2015 GLFF, the Tolpuddle Radical Film festival will be screening, Still Ragged: 100 years of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist, as part of the Dramatic Dissent event at Burdall’s Yard in Bath on May 6th.
The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists is a novel by Robert Tressell first published in 1914 after his death in 1911. An explicitly political work, it is widely regarded as a classic of working-class literature. It placed seventy second in the 2003 The Big Read survey conducted by the BBC.
‘Still Ragged: 100 Years of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’ is a documentary that is free to anyone who wants to host a free screening of the film. We hope the film can spearhead a mini-campaign to get more people reading the book.