A group of women, in a sewing room, face forwards with looks of concern

Stitched Up! Protest and the Garment Industry (12+)

Saturday 19 February - Saturday 5 March 2022
Recommended Age:
Age guidance is 12+

Warwick Arts Centre and the ICO Present The Cinema of Ideas.

The ICO’s Cinema of Ideas is an innovative new platform for amplifying different stories through collaboration, discussion and film. A series of online events that will run throughout 2022 and beyond, the Cinema of Ideas will bring underappreciated strands of film culture and heritage directly to audiences nationwide and create a welcoming public forum for vibrant critical discussion.

All these events take place online and will be booked through Cinema of Ideas streaming platform, Eventive, using the links below. Make sure to select Support Warwick Arts Centre from the drop-down menu when you book your ticket. 

Stitched Up! Protest and the Garment Industry

Do you know who made your clothes? Stitched Up! Protest and the Garment Industry turns our gaze towards the ladies behind the labels and their fight for workplace justice. Programmed by Jo Reid, one of the two emerging curators commissioned to develop a season on the Cinema of Ideas from our open call, Stitched Up! opens our eyes to what our dependence on fast fashion means for workers, how they are resisting and what you can do to help!

Powerful 2019 drama Made in Bangladesh and the classic Hollywood musical The Pajama Game with Doris Day will be accompanied by a darning workshop with Fast Fashion Therapy, a live Q&A panel discussion with experts and activists who have worked to defend garment workers internationally, and bonus newsreel footage that highlights Britain’s history of textile production and union action.

Ticket are just £5 and give you access to all elements of Stitched Up! Book now.

(Don’t forget to separately order your darning kit a week in advance to mend-along at the Darning Workshop)


The Films

Made in Bangladesh, streaming 19 February – 5 March

Rubaiyat Hossain’s 2019 drama follows garment worker Shimu as she fights to start a union in her unsafe and exploitative factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The Pajama Game, streaming 21 February – 27 February

The Pajama Game is a classic Hollywood musical starring Doris Day as a union grievance officer who juggles her loyalties to her union and her growing affection for her new manager.


The films will be accompanied by Knitwear Workers Protest March, an archival newsreel from the Media Archive for Central England that highlights Britain’s history of textile production and union action! As the demand for cheap instant clothes has been accelerated by the pandemic, this selection of films is as timely as ever, showing who really pays the price when your t-shirt costs next to nothing.


Live Panel Discussion – How to Support Garment Workers

7pm, Monday 21 February

We are delighted to be joined by journalist Amber Sunner, writer Gracie Beswick and Ruth Ogier from charity War on Want for a live conversation on how to support garment workers around the world on an international and local level.

About the speakers

War on Want is an organisation dedicated to supporting Garment workers around the world fight for their rights.

Amber Sunner is a freelance journalist who has researched and interviewed garment workers in Leicester, publishing an article in October 2020 exposing the exploitative treatment of workers in BooHoo factories.

Gracie Beswick is a filmmaker and writer dedicated to sharing and promoting sustainable and ethical fashion, with an emphasis on small individual changes that can make a big difference.


Darning Workshop

10:30am, Saturday 26 Feb

We are delighted to have Fast Fashion Therapy join us for a darning workshop. Learn how to prolong the life of your clothes by mending holes and fixing seams and save them ending up in a landfill. Darning kits provided by Fast Fashion Therapy are available on their website so you can mend-along with this workshop. Please purchase your darning kit a week in advance so it can be delivered to your home in time for the workshop: https://etsy.me/32QfqRQ

Register for the workshop here (note, you must have purchased an event pass for your registration to be approved).


About the curator

Jo Reid is an emerging film curator and writer based in Glasgow. She has recently completed an MSc in Film, Exhibition and Curation where she focused on film memory and childhood experiences of cinema-going. Jo programmes and hosts a monthly craft-along film club, Craft Services Film Club, where members sew, knit, embroider and create while watching and discussing representations of craft on film. Find her on Twitter at @_jomreid or see more of what she gets up to on her website.