The Militant

Written and directed by Cecilia Fasciani
A London Film Academy Production

The Militant newspaper was launched in 1964. They chose this name because “it symbolised people prepared to fight, people prepared to struggle”. The five of the editorial board were the first to be expelled by the Labour Party in 1983: Peter Taaffe, Ted Grant, Keith Dickinson, Lynn Walsh and Clare Doyle.

Nevertheless, they didn’t stop fighting and during the following decade they carried on numerous political battles, especially in Liverpool City Council, trying to resist Margaret Thatcher’s austerity policies: “And they won, they defeated Thatcher, on the basis of a huge mass movement who eventually pushed the prime minister to resign”.

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Today many of those people are members of the Socialist Party, a revolutionary organisation whose aim is building a democratic and socialist society. In march 2017, the attention was focused on saving the National Health System, in danger of founds cutting and privatisation. Keith Dickinson, the protagonist of the short film, after long decades of struggles is still on the front line to save our NHS. Meet the people who dared to fight every day of their lives.


Written and Directed Cecilia Fasciani
Editor Cecilia Fasciani
Year of production: 2017
Duration: 5 minutes
Production London Film Academy
Producer Arianna Iannascoli
DOP and camera operator Valérie Hubert
Sound recordist Sümber
Boom Operator Ingmar Kuitert
Music performed by The bad things band