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Widely-anticipated Brit-made film Made in Dagenham hits cinemas on 1 October. Stylist finds out why you shouldn’t miss it…

1. IT'S HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT

Based on the true story of the 1968 workers strike at the Ford car plant in Dagenham, Essex, the film tells the tale of 300 female machinists who walked out in demand of the same pay grading as male factory workers. The protest eventually led to the introduction of the Equal Pay Act in 1970.

2. IT'S GOT AN IMPRESSIVE CAST

As well as Stylist favourite and Happy Go Lucky actress Sally Hawkins, who plays ballsy lead character Rita O’Grady, the film also stars big names like Miranda Richardson, Bob Hoskins, Jaime Winstone and Rosamund Pike.

3. IT'S HOMEGROWN

Directed by Nigel Cole (the man behind Calendar Girls) and penned by fellow Brit William Ivory, not to mention the thoroughly British subject matter, Made in Dagenham is homemade through and through.

4. IT'S HAD GREAT REVIEWS

According to Stylist’s Megan Conner, who was lucky enough to see a preview screening, the film is “feel-good and full of fighting spirit. It will have you giggling in places and also lusting after a few Sixties-inspired pieces for your wardrobe”.

5. IT'S FUNNY AND TOUCHING

Watch the trailer below and you'll see what we mean.

Made In Dagenham is released nationwide on Friday 1 October.