Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Meeting - Wed 13 May 2009 at Wood Green Social Club, Stuart Crescent, N22
Please note this is the rearranged meeting from April. Please look at the earlier blog for some of the background surrounding Thomas Spence.
Web pages with material on the life and ideas of Thomas Spence include:
The Political Works of Thomas Spence
The Thomas Spence Society
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Haringey Independent Cinema are showing Winstanley
THURSDAY APRIL 23rd
HARINGEY INDEPENDENT CINEMA PRESENTS...
1975, UK, 95mins. Directors: Andrew Mollo, Kevin Brownlow.
YOU POOR TAKE COURAGE,
YOU RICH TAKE CARE.
THIS EARTH WAS MADE
A COMMON TREASURY,
FOR EVERYONE TO SHARE.
The World Turned Upside Down, Leon Rosselson.
Digger, any of a group of agrarian communists who flourished in England in 1649-50 and were inspired by the ideas and writings of Gerrard Winstanley and William Everard. In April 1649 a large group of poor but determined men assembled at St. George's Hill, Surrey, and began to cultivate the common land. These Diggers held that the English Civil Wars had been fought against the king and the great landowners; now that Charles I had been executed, land should be made available for the very poor to cultivate. The numbers of the Diggers more than doubled on various sites during 1649 but their activities alarmed Cromwell's government and roused the hostility of local landowners, who were rival claimants to the common lands.
'Winstanley' is a detailed and dedicated depiction of political idealism and of the Diggers' struggle to establish a proto-communist collective. Brownlow presents all the grim realities of life in post Civil War Britain with fanatical attention to detail and everything from footwear to livestock were thoroughly researched. Undoubtedly this is one of the most authentic recreations of the Civil War era ever filmed and the (ongoing) clash between radicalism and the establishment. Shot in stark black and white, this is a brave, grave and deeply rewarding film that combines historical accuracy with the story of a committed activist.
THURSDAY APRIL 23rd
WEST GREEN LEARNING CENTRE
WEST GREEN ROAD
LONDON N15 3RB
DOORS OPEN: 7pm FILM STARTS 7.15pm ADMISSION: £3.00 WAGED / £2.00 LOW/UNWAGED
If you would like to know more about Winstanley and the Diggers the link below is a lecture on Winstanley by the historian of the Civil Wars of the 17thC Christopher Hill