Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins (“Happy-Go-Lucky”) has joined the women’s rights comedy/drama “We Want Sex” for Number 9 Films reports Variety.
Billy Ivory’s script follows the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant when 850 female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination in their job performance evaluations.
Their actions helped bring about equal pay for women in the workplace. During the protest, the strike committee was invited to tea by employment secretary Barbara Castle where that issue was raised for the first time.
During one march the women carred a banner proclaiming “We Want Sex Equality”, only to later realize the last word had gone missing (hence the title).
Imelda Staunton is in negotiations to play Castle. Simon Curtis is directing while Stephen Woolley and Liz Karlsen are producing. The $7.2 million beings filming in June.