Last night, London’s Leicester Square was all glitz and girl power as stars, including Rosamund Pike and Jaime Winstone, turned out for the première of their latest film, Made In Dagenham.
The film may be a dramatisation of the fairly unglamorous strike at the Ford Dagenham assembly plant, along some fine displays of Estuary English, but its première was something of a more sophisticated affair. Winstone looked like a very different person to the girl who shot to fame as Becky in urban drama Kidulthood, as she worked the red carpet in a floor-length grey gown. She was also joined by co-star and former Bond-girl, Rosamund Pike, who posed alongside a vintage Ford Cortina, continuing the trend for red carpet cars since last weeks The Other Guys première.
Taking on the film’s more factual characters are Miranda Richardson and Sally Hawkins, who play Barbara Castle and Rita O’Grady, respectively and were in attendance last night. They were joined by some of the film’s few male actors, including Bob Hoskins, who plays the factory workers’ union rep, Daniel Mays, and the film’s director, Nigel Cole.
Some of the Ford factory workers who consulted with scriptwriters also attended the première, as did model Daisy Lowe, and original Dagenham Ford employee Sandie Shaw, who performs the film’s theme song.
Unusually, for a film première, the crowds of fans were also joined by other former Ford workers, who were protesting against their lost pensions – perhaps a sign that this film could be set to stir up controversy surrounding the car company once again.
Made in Dagenham is due for release in UK cinemas on October 1st.