The Song of the Shirt
Period & History • Documentary, Drama, History, UR
The plight of women in the 1840s London rag trade is explored and deconstructed. Informed by experimental film practice and evoking a serialised Victorian novel, this unusual film investigates the effects of protectionist ‘philanthropy' in the sweatshop-style London clothes trade using contemporary text, archival material and reconstruction.
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