Whether it be Shane Meadow’s This is England or Stephen Daldry’s famous Billy Elliot, independent film’s affection for working class subjects has been at the pinnacle of the industry for years. This direction of the art-house scene is reflected in Working Class Movement Library third mini-film festival, taking place over the course of three weeks this summer. Film on show include drama, To begin the world over again: the life of Thomas Paine (Wed 1 Jun, 6.30pm) which is a film version of Ian Ruskin’s one-man play. In The Company of Joan (Wed 18 May, pictured), meanwhile, is the premiere of Wendy Richardson’s documentary exploring the influence that theatre director Joan Littlewood had on working class actors and audiences and Watford’s quiet heroes: resisting the Great War (Wed 25 May), a film which considers the legacy of war resistance through the stories of three conscientious objectors.

Wed 18 May – Wed 1 Jun, Working Class Movement Library, 51 Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX. Tel: 0161 7363601, 6.30pm start,  FREE (including popcorn), http://www.wcml.org.uk/whats-on/events/our-third-mini-film-festival/

Wed 18 May - Wed 1 Jun
Alasdair Bayman
Published on:
Mon 23 May 2016