With all the heart of Norma Rae
minus the grittiness of North Country
, Made in Dagenham
is the tale of unlikely labor leader Rita O’Grady (Sally Hawkins), a wife and mother who works at the Ford factory in the town of Dagenham, who, once she discovers that the women in this factory are being exploited, makes it her mission to fight for equal pay for equal work. The film is based on the true account of the British women machinists strike in 1968, and director Nigel Cole (Calendar Girls
) incorporates archival footage and retro set pieces to set the tone for this tale of female empowerment. He takes a light approach to introducing the players...