From the TUC

London Labour Film Festival winning short film

13 Sep 2012, By


Still from winning short film Gloria.

The London Labour Film Festival starts today at the prince Charles in Leicester Square 13-15th September. As well as the 18 feature films we’re showing, we’ve also been very excited to run a special competition for labour related short films.

After much deliberation our global judging panel selected, from the 33 films presented to them, one overall winner and four runners up. The standards were very high and the judges selected films that they felt contributed something different to the world of labour cinema. We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the contest – We enjoyed watching all of your films, each one great in different ways.

In winning place is Gloria directed by John Ward. It’s a simple, sensitive and touching portrait of life as an immigrant worker in the UK.  It has high production values and great acting from the central character (Georgia Goodman).  We were moved by this piece of work, the central theme of which we identified as love – the one human instinct that binds us all together – and as such we were able to empathise with Gloria from the outset.

Gloria, and the contest runners up will be screened alongside our feature films this week. If you want to catch Gloria on the big screen, it will be screened before BIUTIFUL 20:40 Friday 14th September 2012 and after the Gala Screening of Snows of Kilimanjaro on Saturday 15th September 18:30.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the festival. Tickets are still available, and can be booked online.

GUEST POST: Anna Burton is the director of the London Labour Film Festival. She has spent the last 13 years working for the labour movement and runs a film production company in London.