The Flickering Flame

The Flickering Flame

By

Ken Loach

“It was never just a job – it was always much more than that. Being a docker was a way of life. It was the greatest game in the world” (a former docker). On September 28th, 1995, the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company sacked 329 dockers and more than a hundred others for respecting the most basic principle of solidarity:  “Never cross a picket line”. The dockers of Liverpool have stood firm against all the attempts in recent years to undermine their wages and working conditions. This was to be their last battle – or maybe their most important victory.

Original title: The Flickering Flame

Production: Rue des Roches

Nationality: France

Year of production: 1997

Running time: 52'

Language: English

Ratio: 1.66

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