Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival Children & Young People’s Programme

The Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival started in 2014 and to celebrate our 5th year we are introducing a second venue and an exciting new programme.

The Children and Young People’s Programme will present films aimed at children and young people that celebrate liberty, equality and diversity. We will show a selection of entertaining feature films and exciting new offerings from our competition programme

We are awarding two new prizes in the Small Axe competition: The best film for a young audience made by someone over 18 and the best film made by someone under 18 

Rebel Girl’s

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of British women gaining the right to vote and the theme of this year’s main Tolpuddle film festival is ‘The 51%’. All films in our main festival this year are made by women, feature female protagonists and are made in the spirit of liberation.

The theme of our inaugural Children & Young People’s Programme is ‘Rebel Girls’, partly inspired by Elena Favilli’s hugely successful books, Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls. All the films feature strong, young female protagonists who are each in their own way striving for liberation.


This year the films include a core schedule of popular mainstream feature films interspersed with the latest lesser-known short films from across the globe. Our features in the programme are:

Bend It Like Beckham (2002) PG-13 – I hr 52 mins
Whale Rider (2002) PG-13 – 1 hr 41 mins
The Breadwinner (2017) PG-13 – 1 hr 34 mins
Matilda (1996) PG – 1hr 42 mins
My Neighbour Totoro (1988) G – 1 hr 26 mins
Persepolis (2007) PG 13 – 1hr 36 mins


Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival 2018

The 51%

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of British women gaining the right to vote. According to the Office For National Statistics 51% of the UK population are women. Since 1975 it has been illegal to discriminate on the grounds of sex or marital status. Yet the fall out from the BBC pay gap scandal, the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the ongoing violence and harassment of women on social media and the internet has made it clear that the struggle for the equal rights of women is far from over.

The criteria for the films this year are that they are all made by women, feature female protagonists and are made in the spirit of liberation.

The films this year will include: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, Sisters in Law, La Souriante Madame Beudet, Suffragette, Frida, Ballad for Syria, Real Women Have Curves and Bambule.

Flipping the Script Receives First Grant

I am delighted to say that the Flipping The Script therapeutic creative writing programme has received its first funding grant. The Heart Of England Community Foundation  has given us a small grant to help cover the costs of the pilot of the programme we are running with Springfield MIND in Stratford Upon Avon from 27th June.

The programme can be used as a mental wellbeing programme for a broad audience interested in self-realisation and self-actualisation through creative writing, and can be adapted for use in conflict resolution in both community and corporate environments. It is particularly effective for vulnerable adults with social problems that arise from mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress, OCD, ASD, anger-management, PTSD, addiction, eating disorders, phobias, suicidal tendencies, dementia, the homeless and victims of crime or trauma.

The HoECF grant will not cover the full costs of the pilot and we are seeking sponsorship and donations to help us to develop this potentially life-transforming programme. Any donation from £5 to £500 would be gratefully received.

Donations can be paid directly in to our bank account via an online BACS:
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Cash or cheques can be sent to Chris Jury, Flipping The Script, 48 New Street, Shipston-On-Stour, Warwickshire. CV36 4EN. (Cheques payable to: Public Domain Arts & Media CLIC)

Donations can be paid directly in to our bank account online via Paypal.

WEA Tutors Panel

I’m extremely proud to say that I’ve been accepted onto the WEA Tutors Panel and hope to be delivering some courses in Coventry and Birmingham in the coming year.

The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), founded in 1903, is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education and one of Britain’s biggest charities. The WEA is a democratic and voluntary adult education movement, committed to widening participation in learning and education with a social purpose.  The WEA’s vision and mission statement states that the goal of the organisation is “A better world, equal, democratic and just”.[1]

The WEA developed out of the working class self-education movement of the 19th Century, which included subscription libraries, mutual improvement societies, co-operative societies, trade unions, Mechanics Institutes and People’s Colleges and led to institutions like Birkbeck College, London and Ruskin College, Oxford.

I would contrast this with the enforced functionalism and work-focused instrumentalism of schools, colleges and universities in the neoliberal era, which has undermined the concept of education as a force for the self-realisation and self-actualisation of students not as potential workers but as fully realised democratic citizens.

“The field of education is a common upon which all people can meet and exercise rights, no matter what their differences might be in the ordinary activities of life… and this education that has no connection at all with a desire for success in life but only as an instrument towards the development of larger and fuller life… for education is ultimately of the spirit and is perceived firstly by the spirit.”

An Adventure In Education
The Story Of The WEA
Albert Mansbridge, 1920

Flipping The Script

As a result of my work at Ruskin last autumn I am currently developing a therapeutic creative writing programme that uses the interactive process of script writing to allow clients to analyse, understand and reimagine social interactions and thus improve their social outcomes.

The programme can be adapted for a wide range of client groups including sufferers of mental health problems[i], addicts, the homeless, repeat offenders and victims of crime or trauma.

If you are interested in discussing the project further please email me, Chris Jury, at

A Flipping The Script course involves 6-10 weekly, taught sessions[ii] on script writing, running alongside weekly Script Development workshops, in which each writer’s work is discussed by the group leading to further development of the script to be discussed the following week, and so on, and so on, week on week. Continue reading

Writing for Performance at Ruskin

I am very proud to have taught on the the Writing For Performance BA at Ruskin College Oxford from September 2017 through to January 2018.

Ruskin College, originally known as Ruskin Hall, Oxford, is named after the essayist and social critic John Ruskin (1819–1900) and specialises in providing educational opportunities for adults with few or no qualifications. The college is an affiliate of the University of Oxford and this relationship allows students special privileges such as attending Oxford Uni lectures and the use of most the universities facilities.

Ruskin has strong historical links, nationally and internationally, with the labour and trade union movement, other social movements and activism around social issues, as well as with local communities, for example through the Social Work and Youth and Community work programmes.

One of the great educational institutions of the left in the UK!


Tickets Now On Sale For Liberating Arts 2017

Tickets are now on sale for the inaugural Liberating Arts conference and srts festival taking place on the 3rd -5th November 2017, at the University of Exeter.

This unique event hosted by the General Federation of Trade Unions, will allow trade unionists, creative activists and public educators to exchange ideas about how the arts can best be used to achieve better campaigning, organisation and education work in trade unions and social movements.

There are a maximum of 200 tickets available for Liberating Arts  so early booking is essential.

Some of the most prominent political artists in the UK today will perform their latest work. Comedians, musicians and poets like Francesca Martinez, Captain Ska, Itch from the King Blues, Attilla the Stockbroker and Anthony Anaxagarou, will appear alongside theatre companies Including Banner Theatre, Townsend Productions, Red Ladder, Cardboard Citizens and Belarus Free Theatre.

Film screenings will run alongside graphics workshops. There will be media skills workshops led by Reel News, Red Pepper and New Internationalist.

Speakers such Tony Garnett, Raoul Martinez, Doug Nicholls and John Smith, will talk about the arts as politics and the status of the arts and artists in society.

And what is also unique about Liberating Arts is that all these performers and speakers will also discuss their work with each other and with the trade unionists, creative activists and public educators attending the festival. It is not just about coming and watching but entering a debate about the potential power of a renewed progressive culture.

If you are a political artist or public educator hoping to connect with the trade union movement or a trade unionist or activist hoping to explore how best to use the arts and media as a tool in your campaigning, then Liberating Arts is designed for you.

To find out how to be part of this important conversation between the trade union movement and the political arts movement then go to