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Great to be part of the development of the cracking exhibition by Dave Sinclair ‘The Thatcher Years – my 80’s’ which had a lot of people chatting, reflecting and thoughtful, whilst also planning for tomorrows.

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Lots of people who were involved in politics in the 80’s and again now against the cuts, sipping ‘The milk snatcher’ rum cocktails (thanks Richmix)

It was also the day of elections in some part of the country, and timed nicely to celebrate 30 years of the election of the Liverpool 47, a socialist council who fought Thatchers government and won huge concessions properly representing the community who elected them.

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In the same room were a family who have led a public campaign against their homelessness and for housing for all. An excellent film of that campaign was shown that begins to the table the consequences of the cuts and class war that is being waged upon us.

We had a film about tax avoidance, also put into perspective the fact that there is more than enough money to be distributed. Funny, but just not.

Followed by a discussion from different campaigns going on & what could be done from ‘Sick of your Boss‘, ‘TUSC‘, ‘NSSN‘ &  The Counihan-Sanchez family.

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Enjoyed the sharp wit of Flood theatre, questioning, considered and challenging in a slightly surreal manner! Plus a very ego driven Mayor that brought tears to our eyes!

The start of some good conversations, possible working together to fight against cuts and FOR a re-distribution of wealth! Change is gonna come..

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Thanks to Richmix for giving us the space & staff who worked hard to support us. Big thanks to all those who performed, help organise attend & take part in the events of this evening and campaigns for our future.

Opening on the 2nd of May , is the Thatcher Years – my 80’s  by Dave Sinclair, a photographic exhibition which represents some of the fightback against the Thatcher cuts in the 80’s. We are proud to have the infamous Bob Crow (RMT),  Rob Williams (NSSN & his banner), Suzanne Muna (Unite Housing Workers) &  a Liverpool 47 councillor,  speaking on the opening night on the the 80’s fight against Thatcher & today.

There will also be an opportunity for you to record your thoughts, reflect on exhibition and events significance to you through Mouth – to – Mouth. This will involve video diary making using fake moustaches! Run by Claire Macneill, a participatory artist & filmmaker.

From 8pm, we will move into the main Richmix  space, where we have  a film, discussion & comedy with an anti austerity theme. We start with Have I got Tax for you!’ a comedy written and presented by stand up  Andrea Gordon. After the screening we will then have a Q&A around that with invited guests including the RMT & ‘Sick of Your boss’ campaign. This screening coincides with UKuncut  High Court case against the  HMRC over a deal that has allowed banking giant Goldman Sacks off at least £10 million interest.

Later in the evening  you can sit back (& try to) relax with Flood Theatre  a dark, satirical comedy company. “Like a politicized League of gentlemen” (ThreeWeeks). Then chuckle with/at the Anti-Duhring Battalion(Left Front),  “any attempt to drag Nick Draper off a stage like that is futile. Draper is in his element & boy does he know it!” (Comments from a recent gig)

Door Charge: £7/£4 concessions from 8-11pm costs Book tickets via Richmix, London. 

There will be another day long of events programmed as part of this festival on Sunday 12th May including our film –  full  details on our events page. 

One of my favourite photographs from the Liverpool 47 campaign against the Thatcher cuts in 1980’s – Councillors NOT Convicts. (Though I might turn this phrase round nowadays!)

Money – Yes we need £7000 and any support in kind.

We need to get:

  • Archive material that shows how the campaign was selectively reported to the wider public & across the country as that had an impact on perceptions of the campaign and wider support at key points. We will try to get as much as we can so small bits from different chancel and this could cost us up to £5,000. Depending on what we can raise, we will see what we can buy in!
  • Insurance & Public Liability
  • Travel costs to shoot some more cutaways & work together across cities
  • 2 Hardrives and tape stock & transfers
  • Sound editor to stabilise the sound and also develop music across the film
  • 100 DVD copies
  • Publicity Costs for the 12th Screening and generally

If you can help in any way, get in touch!  Donations of money, time and brainpower are all welcome! Contact us on dontmentionthe47@gmail.com

We should have a crowdfunder profile up shortly linked to paypal and we are happy to show spend to those who contribute.

We have official support from Unite Housing Workers.

Then how about considering putting pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) and sending ScriptReadEast your scripts by the 1st of April.

ScriptReadEast would like SCRIPT SUBMISSIONS FOR LIVE SCRIPT-READING EVENT AT RICH MIX, EAST LONDON, MAY 12TH. PART OF ‘The is no such thing as society? The Thatcher Years – MY EIGHTIES ‘ by Dave Sinclair

Are you an emerging writer who has a script you want to develop? Is your script about any of the following?

Do you have a script that responds to any of the going’s on in the 80’s – The Thatcher years? We would like script submissions that have links to the 80’s and issues such as : housing, alternatives to austerity, democracy, miners strikesthe Liverpool 47,Greenham Common, students protests over YTS & grant cuts , the Poll Tax , Police and racism, the riots ..

ScriptReadEast is an established live script- reading event , and we will be part of a programme of linked events on Sunday 12th May. If your script is selected for this event, professional actors will read your script to a live audience.

Scripts – they can be feature length or short film scripts, radio, TV or theatre scripts. Please omit camera directions and send a character breakdown and synopsis along with your script to: Sophie @ scriptreadeast@gmail.com

Further information on previous ScriptReadEast events 

As we wanted to make sure there were events to widen the discussion of what happened in the 80’s and how it relates to today, ScriptReadEast is running this event on Sunday 12th May at the RichMix. 

 

BACKGROUND: I began working on a project called ‘Don’t mention the 47’ about the  relevance of the Liverpool 47 councillors, who worked with the wider trade union and community, and fought the Thatcher government and huge cuts (sounds familiar?)

It was the idea of Lisa Lonsdale some years back, who has been a close friend for over 20 years, but we didn’t get started on it till I began an MA and wanted to look beyond industrial resistance and the media. Lisa was then 6 months pregnant. (You know how a tight deadline drives you!)

We quickly arranged several interviews one month before Lisa’s baby (Joe) was born and pieced them together for some work in progress screenings in Liverpool in November 2011 and then again updated for screenings & discussion in 2012. We were given free access to Dave Sinclairs photographs,  key images from the time and of the campaign.

The first public screening of the work in progress was at the Unity Theatre in Liverpool to fit in with the City of Radicals, as it was noted that nothing about the 47 campaign in that year long cultural programme.  (Sadly their full website is no longer live but the link was to our FB invite). I ended up using my mobile phone  to document most of the discussion which I arranged for all those in the film to take part on the night.

From that night , I met some of those connected with the Liverpool Free University and  which led to a joint screening & discussion in Spring 2013 .

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The Liverpool Free University representatives Britt & Penny arranged a venue, Static, and brought their own thinking, discussion and audience to the process. News From Nowhere kindly arranged to sell tickets for us, thanks to John Marstan and several Socialist Party (ex Militants) including  Tony Aitman & Lyne Wild, who were also in the film, brought people to the event and were generally supportive and insightful  from the start.

Overall we had a layered event , though not to say without its complications. Was this  ‘art’ for art sake? Hell no! Is this art? Erm, I don’t think so, I am not an artist but there are art works within the documentary, and its with art forms that we are using  to lift the lid on the story & its relevance today. (Sadly, I haven’t had the tape from the event which would have been great to see and re-listen to the discussion again and share with you.. but these things happen.)

Overall it was an important step in bringing the story and what that could mean today  to a wider audience as well as practically testing out, how we work together.

Surprisingly, we got a review from Nerve for the screening, which also builds on the audience conversation beyond those at the event. I have had other feedback including from Mike Luff, Sophie Critchlow, Leigh Andrews and fellow collaberator Lisa Lonsdale prior to this, which we developed the first work in progress from.

Before the second set of screenings in Spring 2012, I was able to get Lianne Unassa, a great friend and bright creative brain, to give me 5 (long) days of her time to update the edit. She did this over 2 weeks but added more than just ticking and changing a list of dodgy shots or add a few cutaways, she worked with me to look again at the overall structure from on outsiders point of view. What would make this easier to consume and follow? Her work and energy definately improved the film which everyone who had seen it before agreed.

Around 4 weeks after the lively Liverpool Screening, I had one arranged at the Roxy in London, just days before the local elections as that felt like a related. I will put up the discussion from that too soon.

Since then I haven’t worked on the film itself, needed time and resources and lifes bumps and grinds took priority. BUT I did hit out an email in April to the Richmix, a venue in Tower Hamlets in London to see if we could do ‘something’ with the film and Daves’ photographs there. I chose Tower Hamlets as they also had a history of working class political representation that fought cuts with the Poplar councillors.

Oliver, the programmer there, was very keen on the idea of the film and a wider exhibition of Daves’ photographs. So we now have a month long exhibition of his 80’s photographs, including that of the Liverpool 47 campaign, and our film will also be shown one evening there too! Opening Thursday 3rd May, 30 years to the day from when the 47 were elected!
The Liverpool 47 themselves,  are  now involved in creating an educational exhibition supported by Unite in Liverpool to be located inside the Unite HQ from late April too. So we will have parts of the story re-told and shared in 2 cities at the same time!

If YOU want to get involved, can contribute or have something to add, please get in touch. dontmentionthe47@gmail.com

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WHAT WILL I DO NOW? (This is for me, to remind me, kick my own self and more!)

 

  • Draft an appeal for funds and collaboration letter to be used in union branches, trades councils etc. JAN
  • Contact Sophie Critchlow of ScriptRead East to hold a related event around our exhibition at the Richmix London in May. JAN
  • Contact Dave Sinclair to meet up and see where his photographic exhibition is at. He will have an exhibition of his 80’s which includes the 47 campaign but also the wider campaigns under Thatcher. JAN
  • Consider who can edit this project and getting more archive material. (Jan)
  • Contact Tower Hamlets Socialists to link up with this exhibition and possible events around it. JAN
  • Contact 47 and those involved in film to discuss any joint publicity or link ups.
  • Set up a Twitter account to assist in  developing a general profile for the project.
  • Hide in a cupboard, cos really this whole project scares me, as it means so much and someone more skilled with a bigger team should do it! Until then..