It’s that time again. Time to welcome you to our second London Labour Film Festival. Building on the enormous success of the first one, we’ll continue to celebrate global social commitment through the art of cinema. There’s so much to look forward to with the fresh and exciting line up we have planned.


Over the course of 5 days we’ll be bringing you a host of very diverse and stimulating films from around the world ­ including four PREMIERES. These films are all completely different but share a common theme: how labour issues affect us all as a society, as well as on a more personal and emotional level, the individual.


In particular, as our film festival is held in the same month as the European Parliamentary Elections we’ll be showcasing some outstanding European films like Le Capital by the Greek-French film director Costa Gavras. This financial thriller takes a searing look at the world of greed and high finance.


The festival kicks off with the PREMIERE of a very British musical, Big Society The Musical. A surreal and gritty musical, Big Society The Musical is set against the backdrop of Britain’s economic cuts. It cleverly weaves austerity protest marches, the spectacle of a west end musical and a very personal story. It’s a must-see.


The line up also includes the award-winning actor, Chiwetel Ejifor (12 years a Slave) in Kinky Boots (literally). Based on a true story, this riotous comedy tells the tale of traditional Northampton shoemaker who is forced to diversify or, see his family business and the jobs of his workers lost.


From America we bring you the unusual and exquisite, Trash Dance. Filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows choreographer Allison Orr as she rides along with Austin sanitation workers on their daily routes. She observes them and later convinces them to perform a most unlikely spectacle that stunningly shows the beauty and grace of everyday workers.


At least three of our selection this year are directed by women and we are delighted to be welcoming Polish director Maria Sadowska to the event for her award winning film Women’s Day.

This is just a glimpse of some of the films we’ll be screening at the Odeon, Covent Garden. There are lots of events and special guests so this really is a festival not to be missed.

A big thank you to all of our sponsors for their continued support.

See you at the festival.

Anna Burton
Director of the London Labour Film Festival

***please note this is a not for profit film festival, ticket proceeds go toward cinema hire, film licenses, publicity and good causes.