The 2015 London Labour Film Festival will take place between Thursday 24th & Saturday 26th September at the Arthouse Cinema in Crouch End
This year’s festival might best be described as intimate and beautiful, which would also be an apt description of our wonderful venue. We are being hosted by the Art House cinema in Crouch end, a gloriously revamped former-Salvation Army hall that provides the perfect backdrop for what promises to be en engaging and stimulating few days of great film and lively discussion.
We shine the spotlight on austerity as we kick off with our opening night screening of director Theopi Skarlatos’s film Greece: The End Of Austerity followed by a Q&A with Channel 4 economics editor Paul Mason (who made the film with Skarlatos) and representatives from Greek anti-austerity party Syriza. Arrive early for a complimentary glass of Ouzo and join us in solidarity with Greece.
You can meet the UK branch of Justice For Cleaners at the Q&A that follows the screening of Ken Loach’s Bread and Roses. The film features two Latina sisters working as cleaners in a downtown office building and follows their fight for the right to unionise. This is, I believe, one of the most compelling and honest films of the 21st century.
The stimulating discussion continues as we invite film director Katherine Round and journalist Owen Jones for a post-screening discussion of globalisation documentary, The Divide. This is an LLFF exclusive pre-release preview of the film (which has its cinematic release next month) so you get to see it here first! Based on the bestselling book The Spirit Level, this compelling film follows the lives of seven individuals, all of whom face the great ‘divide’ between the poor, the working poor and struggling middle class on the one side and wealthy plutocrats on the other.
We’re proud to welcome the legendary Lesbian And Gays Support The Miners activist Gethin Roberts as well as miners’ strike stalwart and former-MP Sian James for a screening of Pride. We couldn’t not screen one of the best feel-good labour films ever to have hit cinemas, so if you haven’t seen it on the big screen yet then this is your chance to experience it with a great crowd, who will no doubt be cheering and booing at all the right moments.
Campaigns against austerity are already teaching us a lot about the plutocratic and politicised elite that holds power in our society, so much so that cult dystopian classic They Live now looks almost prophetic. We’ll be giving away They Live-inspired T-shirts at this screening, so come early and make sure you bag one.
Definitely not to be missed is salutary fast-food tale Compliance, which unfolds over a busy day in a burger restaurant where a prank caller convinces a manager that an employee has committed a theft and needs to be interrogated. What follows is shocking and thought-provoking, as managers and staff participate in the degradation and humiliation of their co-worker.
Let these films act as a warning, a recognition of what has been achieved and also of what is to come. Let’s celebrate workers on the big screen. See you at the festival.
Director, London Labour Film Festival
Co-ordinator, London Labour Film Festival
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