Triple bill of films to be shown in library during Take Over Festival

Over the next couple of months Chester Lane Library will be showing a trio of rarely seen films in the social realism genre, including Ken Loach’s television play The Rank & File.

The films are as follows:

Nightcleaners – 20th September 2018, 7pm

Created by members of the Berwick Street Film Collective, ‘Nightcleaners’ is a documentary film about the campaign to unionise the women who cleaned office blocks at night and who were being victimised and underpaid by their employers. (90 minutes)

Bata-ville – 4th October 2018, 7pm

‘Bata-ville: We are not afraid of the future’ is a bittersweet record of an English coach trip to the origins of the Bata shoe empire – the Moravian town of Zlin. The film will be introduced by its writers and directors, Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope. (93 minutes)

The Rank & File – 18th October, 7pm

Based on the Pilkington Glass strike that took place in St Helens in 1970, this film by lauded British director Ken Loach uses a documentary approach to cover a wildcat strike among rank and file union members. (71 minutes)

Tickets for individual films are £4, £3 (St Helens Library Card Holders, £2 (concessions), or £8/£6/£4 for all three films. Book tickets online at or call into any library in St Helens.


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