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Salford actor in new film on the Co-operative Movement

Posted by Tony Flynn on 16th November 2012 at 01:48 PM
Salford actor in new film on the Co-operative Movement

Salford actor Bob Young is one of the stars of a new film which tells the story of the birth of the co-operative movement in 1844. The film received it's TV Premiere on Film4 and will be re-screened on the 23rd and 26th November.

Based on a true story of hope, determination and principles, a powerful new movie telling the story of the birth of the co-operative movement in 1844 is receiving its TV Premiere on Film4 during November.

“The Rochdale Pioneers” tells of 28 working men overcoming adversity, poverty and prejudice during the “hungry forties” and whose principals are still changing the world almost 170 years later.

Their vision for a better social order inspired them to form the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society and establish a co-operative shop in Toad Lane, Rochdale, that is recognised as the birth of the co-operative movement.

Their fame soon spread overseas and a visitors’ book kept from the 1860’s shows the range of their influence with visitors from Germany, Spain, Russia and Japan witnessing a successful co-operative - from these humble beginnings it is estimated that there are now 1.4 million independent co-operative enterprises worldwide with almost one billion members.

The film has been commissioned by The Co-operative Group – whose own origins can be traced back to the Rochdale Pioneers – and, produced by The Co-operative British Youth Film Academy - itself a co-operative whose directing duo of Adam Lee Hamilton and John Montegrande, in the true spirit of collaboration, recruited many of the cast and crew from the local community to work alongside established actors.

It has been made to celebrate the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives, 2012. A year dedicated to highlighting the contribution of co-operatives to world-wide socio-economic development, particularly their impact on poverty reduction, community cohesion, employment generation and social integration.

Mark Robinson-Field, The Co-operative’s National Co-operative and Membership Manager, said: ”The principles that the Rochdale Pioneers set out became the basis for how co-operatives around the world still operate. It is a remarkable story of struggle against adversity that is just as relevant today - the film brings the spirit, heart and belief of the pioneers to a brand new audience.”

“The Rochdale Pioneers” – starring John Henshaw, known for roles in “Born and Bred”, “Early Doors” and “Looking for Eric” and, John McArdle, of “Brookside”, “Gallowglass” and “Prime Suspect”.

Photo: Bob with actor John Henshaw and co directors John Montegrande and Adam Lee Hamilton.

Source: Bob Young.

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