The Working Class Movement Library is delighted to announce details of its third film mini-festival. In keeping with the Library’s eclectic collections we have a range of screenings on offer – there’s a radical history flavour as you’d expect. All the screenings are free – and there will be popcorn…
Wednesday 18 May 6.30pm
In the company of Joan – première showing
Wendy Richardson’s documentary takes a look at the influence that those who spent time in the company of theatre director Joan Littlewood had on working class actors and audiences alike. It covers her early days touring Northern communities with Ewan McColl through to the Theatre Royal Stratford East years, and the work with young people in the East End of London.
Wednesday 25 May 6.30pm
Watford’s quiet heroes: resisting the Great War
A film made by members of the Quaker Meeting in Watford, one of whom is a retired professional film-maker. It tells the stories of three local conscientious objectors but aims to frame them within an explanation of the national context and to generate interest in the legacy and relevance of war resistance today.
Wednesday 1 June 6.30pm
To begin the world over again: the life of Thomas Paine
This film of Ian Ruskin’s one-man play addresses a multitude of contemporary issues that challenge us today. The story of Paine, ‘a man who changed the world with his pen’, also inspires us to always speak the truth as one sees it, no matter the consequences’.
The Working Class Movement Library was founded by the late Ruth and Edmund Frow in the 1950s and is now acknowledged as one of the most important collections of historical material on radical working class organisations in the country. The Library is open to the public on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. At other times visitors are welcome to make appointments to view or use the collection. Admission to the library is free.
Working Class Movement Library, 51 Crescent, Salford M5 4WX
Tel 0161 736 3601