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We Want Sex (Made in Dagenham)
U.K. 2010

Opening 13 Jan 2011

Directed by: Nigel Cole
Writing credits: William Ivory
Principal actors: Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Andrea Riseborough, Jaime Winstone, Lorraine Stanley

Director Nigel Cole uses a captivating title to intrigue us but purposely leaves out one important word: equality. Most likely he did this to catch that unexpected viewer and teach him a lesson or two. If you remember the hilarious film Calendar Girls where a group of older ladies shed their clothes for a good cause and shake up the town in the meanwhile, well, this is the same director. This time Cole jumps into the car industry in 1968 where the Ford factory has 55,000 men and 187 women working for them. The women are working as upholstery cutters with a low salary and in unbelievable conditions. But Nixon (Bob Hoskins) their supervisor has a strategic plan that will have a devastating effect on this factory. He just needs a leader who will motivate the girls to go on strike. Rita (Sally Hawkins) takes on the unions and the press but has to fight other personal battles as well. The film is light heartily done with a typical British sense of humor, and you learn some political history along with it. It’s a great film to go with a group of women, where we learn how much change we can make even if we aren’t in the majority! (Shelly Schoeneshoefer)

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