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In 2017 the RFN hosted by The Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival, are gathering at the Tolpuddle Martyr’s Festival from 14.00 on Thursday 13th - 14.00 on Saturday 15th July.

The event consists of an exciting programme including: 

  • Panel discussions between documentary filmmakers and trade union members.
  • Discussions on the larger impact of trade disputes on community and democracy
  • Research into the space of the everyday in “Cinemas of Conflict”
  • Research into the “Third Space” in relation to archival practices 
  • Bill Douglas' Comrades (1986), and Tolpuddle Martyrs memorialisation in Dorset
  • Workshops focusing on radical screening and audience engagement practices; 
  • Politically engaged international experimental and artist’s film screening and sharing of related practice-based research
  • Space to discuss and think ahead to the RFN’s 1968-2018-2068 event in Scotland as well as other RFN sharing and planning.

Registration for the event is currently open and tickets can be booked here

The programme can be downloaded here

RFN @Tolpuddle 2017 tickets cost £68 and include entry to the Tolpuddle Festival and the Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival. Details can be found here

Details of the full RFN @ Tolpuddle Programme can be found here

Delegates supported by universities, trade unions or other corporate institutions are asked to pay an institutional ticket price of £119 to help subsidise those paying for their own tickets.

Delegates can buy camping tickets for themselves and their families from the main Festival site here and join in the UK's biggest cultural celebration of trade unionism that runs from teatime Friday through to Sunday afternoon.

Acts performing at Tolpuddle 2017 include: Francesca Martinez, The Mekons, Robb Johnson, O'Hooley & Tidow, The Eskies, The Wakes, Peter Hicks, Maddy Carty and the Protest Family.

A great summer festival experience for all the family and a unifying gathering for over 4,000 trade unionists, cultural activists and political artists from across the UK and the globe.

We warmly invite all members of the RFN to join us at Tolpuddle 2017!

Please feel free to share widely with your networks. 

Looking forward to seeing you in the Vintage Mobile Cinema bus and on the festival field!

Here's a list of just some of the RFN @ TOLPUDDLE 2017 sessions:

Belonging The Truth Behind the Headlines
(Film being screened as part of Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival)
Morag Livingstone
Presentation and panel with invited union leaders
2.5 hours

Ex Lucas Aerospace Workers
(Film being screened as part of Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival)
Steve Sprung
Presentation (&  panel discussion together with Julian Mc Dougall)
1.5 hours

Comrades and Curators: Magical Transformations in Third Spaces
Julian McDougall
presentation (& panel discussion together with Steve Sprung)
1.5 hours

London Community Video Archive
Toni Dowmunt, Goldsmith Institute, London, UK
film lecture
1 hour

Mobility and Testimony: Digital film practices and the Kashmir Conflict
Max Kramer, Leipzig, Germany
film lecture
30 min

Interrupted Screening Workshop
Elena Boschi     
2.5 hours

1968-2018. Collective Reading and Viewing Workshop
Laura Ager
2.5 hours

On videoactivism in Turkey
Julia Lazarus
30 min

A selection of Experimental Videos 
Marcy Saude      
film program
1.5 hours