- R:Bill Douglas,England 1986
- Bill Douglas is one of cinema’s most under-appreciated heroes and Comrades isn’t even his best known work. He was born in Scotland and his trilogy of short films about his early life earned him critical acclaim. However he only managed to make one film after that (Comrades) due to difficulty in raising money. Funding an epic scale film about one of the first trade unions in 1980’s Thatcherite Britain can’t have been easy. The film follows the Tolpuddle Martyrs, who were deported from England to Australia for forming a ‘friendly society’ in the 19th Century. Expect some heavy symbolism akin to Nicolas Rouge (I will show one of his films in a few weeks).