Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival
A festival in Tolpuddle to celebrate the story of the 6 martyrs has been running in one form or another since 1875. In it's present form the festival was developed in 1997 by Nigel Costley the new South West TUC Regional Secretary, with the help of Dick Muskett from the Workers Beer Company. Today the festival ranks with The Durham Miners Gala and Levellers Day in Burford, Oxfordshire, as one the key summer events in the annual calendar of the UK Left.

Music, theatre and dance have been well represented at the festival since 1997 and the possibility of incorporating radical film into the festival has been on the agenda for many years. In 2014 the formation of The Radical Film Network and Public Domain Productionscoincided with the restoration of the Vintage Mobile Cinema and collaboration with GorillaCinema to make the ambition for film at Tolpuddle into a reality.

So in 2014 The Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival was founded by Chris Jury Of Public Domain and Reuben Irving from Gorilla Cinema / University of Worcester. It is hoped the film festival will run for many years and grow in size and scope.

TRFF 2016 Trailer

Tolpuddle 2016 Trailer from Public Domain on Vimeo.

FUND RAISING

We need to raise roughly £3000 each year to guarantee the  Radical Film festival can take place.

Please help us by contributing personally or by urging your local trade union branch and/or trade council to support the festival.

You can donate a number of different ways:

Donations can be paid directly in to our bank account via an online BACS - Please email info@publicdomainproductions.org.uk for account details.

Donations can be paid directly in to our bank account online via Paypal:

Cash or cheques (payable to Public Domain Productions) can be sent to Chris Jury, Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival, 48 New Street, Shipston-On-Stour, Warwickshire. CV36 4EN. (Cheques payable to: Public Domain Productions Ltd)


Ken Loach is a supporter of the film festival and says:

“I strongly support the idea of a Radical Film Festival at Tolpuddle. Films can bring in new ideas, new perspectives, new voices. As trade unionists we urgently need to re-examine our attitude to the existing parties. We need real political representation and to re-discover our militancy. Films that reflect struggles of working people can be a spur to action”  Ken Loach 


As in previous years screening will take place in the Vintage Mobile Cinema.



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Support The Festival

The festival is organised by volunteers and funded by numerous small donations from across the spectrum of our broadly left wing supporters.

We are still fund raising even as the event approaches, which is a bit scarey, so any help you can give will be much appreciated and anything from £5 upwards will make a real difference.

You can donate via Sponsume or donate directly via Paypal on our Donations page http://www.tolpuddleradicalfilm.org.uk/donate

The inaugural Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival will run alongside the main Tolpuddle Festival and launches with an exclusive pre-release screening of Still The Enemy Within and will be theming the festival on mining and Trade Unionism in honour of the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Miners strike.

“I strongly support the idea of a Radical Film Festival at Tolpuddle. Films can bring in new ideas, new perspectives, new voices. As trade unionists we urgently need to re-examine our attitude to the existing parties. We need real political representation and to re-discover our militancy. Films that reflect struggles of working people can be a spur to action” Ken Loach

Yours Hopefully
Chris Jury & Reuben Irving
Festival Directors, Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival