PRESS RELEASE 2017 - North West Labour Film Festival


North West Labour Film Festival to put revolution in spotlight alongside major film competition

  • second annual northwest Labour Film Festival to be held in Liverpool on November 4-9th November;
  • Featuring rare film in partnership with BFI and Home Manchester
  • ‘Revolution’ theme remembers anniversaries: Bolshevic revolution (100 years), release of Metropolis (90 years) and Massacre of Atocha (40 years)
  • First year to include a feature length and short film competition, showcasing up-and-coming filmmaking talent.

The second annual North West Labour Film Festival will be held at the Picturehouse FACT and the CASA this November and, alongside showings of three revolution themed feature films exploring the intersection between political and cinematic upheaval. The festival will also feature a drop-in cinema showing many shortlisted features and short films from the Labour Film Festival International Contest.

The festival will mark the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution with a screening of Sergei Eisenstein’s acclaimed Battleship Potemkin, the epic story of mutinying sailors in the run up to the epoch-making event.  The 40th anniversary of the Atocha massacre, in which five lawyers were murdered by neo-fascist supporters of Franco’s regime in Spain, is commemorated with a very rare screening of Juan Antonio Bardem’s 7 days in January. The screening will be accompanied by a Q&A with award winning historian of the Spanish Civil War, Paul Preston and is a can’t miss event. Finally, the festival closes with Fritz Lang’s epic Metropolis,  one of the most revolutionary science fiction films of the early 20th Century, which tells the story of a future utopia with a hidden secret – it is founded on the exploitation of a hidden underclass of labourers. Join the festival for the films 90th anniversary.

Following a widely-hailed run of Festivals in recent years, the event is following a growing trend in the international labour film festival movement by holding a film competition. Feature film and short film categories will give new and experienced film makers the chance to display their ability to delve into the social and political aspects of the workplace. Many of the shortlisted entries will be showing at a drop-in cinema in the CASA, an old dockers’ pub born of one of the UK’s most heroic industrial struggles. The Festival has previously gained the support of prominent commentators and politicians, including Guardian columnist Owen Jones, film-makers Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, and Labour MP Catherine West. [1] This year the Festival is supported by former Channel 4 Economics Editor, Paul Mason, who sits on the judging panel with Alejandra Marano, Director of the large Construir Cine Film Festival in Argentina and a selection of other labour film experts from across the world. [2]

Anna Burton, Director of the London Labour Film Festival, said: “Our Festival this year centres on the theme of revolution, both political and cinematic. It’s a real treat to curate these films together on their anniversaries under the collective motif of revolution. We are providing the space to explore the theme artistically and creatively. We are also excited to be hosting our international contest this year, with hundreds of high quality submissions, this is something not to be missed. The entries will also explore many themes from modern slavery, the gig economy to the looming fourth industrial revolution.”

The deadline for submissions to the film contest is October 20. You can claim tickets for the Festival here.


Interviews available before or during event, and press passes available on request.


Anna Burton, Director of the NorthWest Labour Film Festival, 07768693972,

Connor Woodman, 07954402113,


The Northwest Labour Film Festival was first held in 2016, and aims to present the finest documentaries and fictional films from British and international film-makers centred around the work-place and wider working class. The Festival is supported by Unite, Unison and the Professional Football Association.

The Festival is part of a growing network of over 30 labour film festivals world-wide. [3]