Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival

A festival in Tolpuddle to celebrate the story of the 6 martyrs has been running in one form or another since 1875. In it's present form the festival was developed in 1997 by Nigel Costley the then newly appointed South West TUC Regional Secretary, with the help of Dick Muskett from the Workers Beer Company. Today the festival ranks with The Durham Miners Gala and Levellers Day in Burford, Oxfordshire, as one the key summer events in the annual calendar of the UK Left.

Music, theatre and dance have been well represented at the festival since 1997 and the possibility of incorporating radical film into the festival has been on the agenda for many years. In 2014 the formation of The Radical Film Network and Public Domain Productionscoincided with the restoration of the Vintage Mobile Cinema and collaboration with GorillaCinema to make the ambition for film at Tolpuddle into a reality.

So in 2014 The Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival was founded by Chris Jury Of Public Domain and Reuben Irving from Gorilla Cinema / University of Worcester. It is hoped the film festival will run for many years and grow in size and scope.

Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival 2018

20th-22nd July

Details to be announced.

Ken Loach is a supporter of the film festival and says:

“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 

As in previous years screening will take place in the Vintage Mobile Cinema.

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The festival is organised by volunteers and funded by numerous small donations from across the spectrum of our broadly left wing supporters.

We are still fund raising even as the event approaches, which is a bit scarey, so any help you can give will be much appreciated and anything from £5 upwards will make a real difference.

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The Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival runs alongside the main Tolpuddle Festival.