Leeds – United! a BBC Play for Today produced in 1974, reconstructs a 1970 strike in which 30,000 workers, mostly women, came out for a gender-equal shilling-per-hour pay increase, but were controversially undermined by their own union. Written by Colin Welland, directed by Roy Battersby and featuring Lynne Perrie, Elizabeth Spriggs and Lori Wells, the film was praised for its use of Leeds locations and its handling of crowd scenes involving hundreds of locals, including many of the 1970 strikers.
The screening is organized by curators Amy Charlesworth and Gill Park as part of an ongoing project with Justice for Domestic Workers, a self-organised group of migrant domestic workers who campaign for their rights and welfare in the UK.
The event will include an introduction by the curators and representatives from Justice for Domestic Workers. It is generously supported by the Hyde Park Picture House, as part of the cinema’s centenary celebrations.
With thanks to the BBC and Colin Welland for making this screening possible.
2.30 – 5pm Sunday 8 June, 2014.