London Labour Film Festival 2017


Date from:25 November 2017

Date to:26 November 2017

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Venue: Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Pl, London, WC2H 7BY

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Contact Name: Anna Burton

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The festival will screen films by British film-maker, Nick Broomfield, including his fictional representation of the 2004 Morecambe Bay cockling disaster, Ghost. Hsiao-Hung Pai, who went undercover for Broomfield’s 2013 documentary, Sex: My British Job, will be present for a Q&A on slavery in the UK.

The theme follows increasing interest in the persistence of slavery in the 21th century. Coming from a labour movement perspective, the Festival seeks to explore the oft blurred boundary between wage-labour and formal slavery.

Following a widely-hailed run of Festivals in recent years, the event is following a growing trend in the international labour film festival movement by holding a film competition. Feature film and short film categories will give new and experienced film makers the chance to display their ability to delve into the social and political aspects of the workplace, and tickets for the short-listed film showings are free to the public. The Festival has previously gained the support of prominent commentators and politicians, including Guardian columnist Owen Jones, film-makers Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, and Labour MP Catherine West. This year the Festival is supported by former Channel 4 Economics Editor, Paul Mason, who sits on the judging panel with Alejandra Marano, Director of the large Construir Cine Film Festival in Argentina and a selection of other labour film experts from across the world.

Anna Burton, Director of the London Labour Film Festival, said: “Our Festival this year centres on one of the most pressing and under-recognised issues facing the work-place today: slavery. Every country has it. We are providing the space to explore the problem artistically and creatively, and opening up a space for the labour movement and general public to analyse the issue and discuss ways to overcome it. We are excited to be hosting our international contest this year, with hundreds of high quality submissions, this is something not to be missed. No doubt the entries will also explore this theme amongst many others including the challenges of automation, the gig economy; the looming fourth industrial revolution.”

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