Comrades (1986)

Feature Film
Writer/Director: Bill Douglas
Cinematographer: Gale Tattersall
Composers: Hans Werner Henze, David Graham
Cast: Robin Soans, William Gaminara, Jeremy Flynn, Keith Allen, Stephen Bateman, Philip Davis, James Fox, Michael Hordern, Freddie Jones, Alex Norton, Vanessa Redgrave, Imelda Staunton, Robert Stephens, Simon Parsonage

Douglas’s remarkable film – a lovingly unhistrionic portrait of the Tolpuddle Martyrs (a group of early 19th century British labourers sentenced to seven years’ transportation for having the temerity, what with them barely able to put bread on their families’ tables, to form a trade union in order to acquire a fair wage) – is a beautifully made and invaluable record of extremely important historical events. Iain.Stott