We Want Sex triumphs at Dinard
by Fabien Lemercier
11/10/2010 - Scooping Best Film, Best Screenplay and the Audience Award, Nigel Cole’s social comedy We Want Sex [trailer] dominated the 21st Dinard British Film Festival. The feature, released in the United Kingdom under the title Made in Dagenham, nonetheless shared the official competition’s Golden Hitchcock with Jamie Thraves’s Treacle Jr..
Unveiled in the Special Presentations section at Toronto and launched on October 1 in 354 UK theatres by Paramount, We Want Sex will be released in France in March 2011. Starring Sally Hawkins, Rosamund Pike, Miranda Richardson, Geraldine James and Bob Hoskins, the film (scripted by Billy Ivory) retraces the 1968 strike by 187 women workers at the Ford factory in Dagenham, in outer London, in order to obtain equal pay with their male colleagues.
The other top winner at the Dinard festival 2010 was Thraves’s Treacle Jr.. Scripted by the director, the film centres on Tom who decides one fine morning to leave everything behind, including his wife, his children and an apparently happy family life in the Midlands, to go and live on the streets of London.
There he meets Aidan, a man-child who is incapable of keeping quiet. Like a stray dog, Aidan follows Tom who is too polite or too depressed to tell him to go away. Produced by Rob Small for Golden Rule Films, the feature stars Aidan Gillen and Tom Fisher.
Finally, in the short films category, the NFTS/Fémis competition was topped by Vicky Mather’s Brit animated film Stanley Pickle.
(Translated from French)