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Sally Hawkins - Rita O'Grady Bob Hoskins- Albert Miranda Richardson - Barbara Castle Geraldine James - Connie Rosamund Pike - Lisa Hopkins Andrea Riseborough - Brenda Daniel Mays - Eddie O'Grady Jaime Winstone - Sandra Kenneth Cranham - Monty Taylor Rupert Graves - Hopkins John Sessions - Harold Wilson Roger Lloyd Pack - George Richard Schiff - Robert Tooley


Directed by - Nigel Cole Produced by - Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen Written by - William Ivory Executive Producer - Christine Langan Executive Producers - Tim Haslam, Norman Merry, Paul White Line Producer - Laurie Borg Director of Photography - John de Borman BSC Production Designer - Andrew McAlpine Editor - Michael Parker Music by - David Arnold Costume Designer - Louise Stjernsward Make-up and Hair Designer - Lizzie Yianni Georgiou Music Supervisor - Karen Elliott Casting by - Lucy Bevan


The film stars the award winning Sally Hawkins as Rita O'Grady who is the catalyst for the 1968 Ford Dagenham strike by 187 sewing machinists which led to the advent of the Equal Pay Act. Working in extremely impoverished conditions for long arduous hours which they must balance with their domestic lives, the women at the Ford Dagenham plant finally lose their patience when they are reclassified as "unskilled". With humour, common sense and courage they take on their corporate paymasters, an increasingly belligerent local community, and finally the government itself. The leader of the womenÕs struggle is fast-talking, no nonsense Rita whose fiery temper and occasionally hilarious unpredictability proves to be a match for any of her male opponents, and is echoed by Barbara Castle's struggle in the male-dominated House of Commons.