Solidarity is a rigorous, impassioned investigation into the long-lasting impact of blacklisting in the UK construction industry; a now illegal process through which thousands of workers were denied employment for even tenuous involvement in workplace disputes and trade union activism. Through a composite structure of worker interviews, archival footage from the parliamentary inquest, and a law school’s contemporary investigations, Parker carefully examines the situation from a multiplicity of angles as she seeks to understand, rather than explain, the agendas underlying the Blacklist and its far reaching, continuing consequences. A spare yet immensely powerful enquiry into the systemic and ideological dismantling of workers’ rights in the UK.
Followed by a Q&A with director Lucy Parker, hosted by Carol-Mei Barker, a writer, filmmaker, and researcher based in London.
Also present will be John Bryan, Blacklist Support Group, and ‘Alison’ and ‘Andrea’, Police Spies Out of Lives.
*Alison and Andrea are pseudonyms used for anonymity, hence the quote marks
Read an essay on Solidarity by Hannah Paveck
Lucy Parker (b. Dorset UK, lives in London) was the 2016 filmmaker in residence at the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival. Her films have been screened or exhibited at festivals including AV Festival (2018), International Film Festival Rotterdam (2018), Toronto International Film Festival (2017) South Korean New Media Festival (2017). Lucy’s films are distributed by LUX Artists’ Moving Image, London.