Wednesday 12th September 2018

Book Now: Social-Realist Films (Take Over Festival)

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Over the next couple of months, as part of Take Over Festival, St Helens Libraries will be showing a trio of rarely seen social-realist films at Chester Lane Library, St Helens. Read more about the 3 films and find times and dates below.

BOOK your tickets here or in any library in St Helens. Season ticket available for all 3 films. 


Thursday 20th September 2018, 7pm. 

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. A key work of the 1970s, this intensely self-reflexive film implicates both the filmmakers and the audience in the processes of precarious, invisible labour.

Berwick Street Film Collective: Humphry Trevelyan, Mary Kelly, James Scott, Marc Karlin and LUX, London. UK, 1972-75. 90 min.

Bata-ville: We are not afraid of the future (with an introduction from Karen Guthrie)

Thursday 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. Former employees of two now closed UK Bata factories are led by Pope & Guthrie on a unique journey through Bata’s legacy. Watch the trailer here.

A Somewhere Film written & directed by Karen Guthrie & Nina Pope. 93 min. PG

The Rank and File

Thursday 18th October 2018, 7pm.

Based on the Pilkington Glass strike that took place in St. Helens in 1970, Loach uses a documentary approach to cover a wildcat strike among rank and file union members antagonised by a too-cosy relationship between the board and union executive that had resulted in the gradual erosion of pay and conditions.

Director Kenneth Loach. Producer Graeme McDonald. Script Jim Allen. 1971. 71 min. PG

BOOK your tickets here or in any library in St Helens.

Take Over Festival (#takeoversthelens) is a partnership between Heart of Glass and St Helens Libraries that sees six weeks of art, culture and pop-up performances ignite the streets and the spaces of St Helens. No location is off limits as artists are invited to showcase new and engaging work in libraries, shops, labour clubs and public spaces. St Helens 150’s edition of the festival examines the idea of identity. In a world where the only constant thing is change, what does that mean to our sense of self?

For more information on the programme including appearances from St Helens ‘son’ Frank Cottrell Boyce and actress Maxine Peake and a performance of the award-winning salt. by Selina Thompson visit: to find out more and book tickets.