Forthcoming Screenings:

Thursday 27th June – Hackney Halkevi Centre, 31 Dalstan Lane E8 at 7pm. For More information contact Brian Debus (

Also looks like there will be one in Waltham Forest too in early July!

The film was recently screened at the Richmix, at a time of unprecedented cuts in a Tower Hamlets borough that also has a radical history opposing cuts, with the Poplar councilors who coined the slogan ‘Better to break the law than break the poor’ in the 1920’s in a rates rebellion. The same slogan was then used in Liverpool, as councillors set a needs budget.

The screening is part of a an Anti-Austerity festival opened with an exhibition, ‘The Thatcher Years- my 80’s  by Dave Sinclair which runs till the end of May 2013. 

At the same time in Liverpool, there is an informative exhibition celebrating the 30th anniversary of the election of the 47, open to the public in Jack Jones House, Unite, Liverpool. The exhibition can go on tour, contact Dave Walsh (

The ‘Thatcher Years’ Anti-Austerity Festival  at the Richmix began with a preview of Dave Sinclairs photographic exhibition capturing some of the inspiring fight back against Thatcher in the 80’s.

Thatcher Years 2nd May

We then ran an Anti-Austerity evening of films, discussion,  satire and surrelaness with: Housing 4 all a short documentary charting the Counihan-Sanchez families fight against benefit cuts & eviction. ‘Have I got Tax for you?’ pilot satire, breaking down the skulduggery of Corporate Tax Evasion plus a Q&A with the PCS, RMT & ‘Sick of your boss campaign’. Flood Theatre will also perform some dark satirical sketches. ‘Like a politicised League of Gentlemen‘ & a ‘Mayors’ view of the world this week from the Anti-Duhring Battalion (Left Front)

12th may Screening Only

There was  also another day of events which link together the local radical history and relevance today:

  • 3pm ScriptReadEast   As part of ‘The Thatcher years’ Anti-Austerity festival,  ScriptReadEast founder Sophie Critchlow created a themed event, with scripts responding to  issues & events during the 80’s. A rehearsed reading of chosen work took place a in the Main space at Richmix. With  live music from Sophie Burrows, it was an inspirational afternoon of words & music.
  • 7pm ‘Don’t mention the 47′  our film was screened with a panel discussion including Harry Smith (Liverpool 47 councillor) &  chaired by Suzanne Muna (Unite Housing Workers & Artist) about the political voice against austerity and the alternatives to Capitalism.We also started the evening with a lovely video called  Mouth-to-Mouth  which included thoughts & reflections from the opening of the ‘Thatcher years’ festival on the 2nd of May.  (Developed and filmed by Claire Macneill.) 
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