A couple or three years ago a film about the story behind the Equal Pay Act came out. It was called Made in Dagenham and pretty good it was too. You didn’t need to see it to practice employment law, but it did give a glimpse, albeit no doubt heavily airbrushed, of what the workplace must have been like in the late sixties. Now, another film that ought to be of passing interest to employment lawyer types has just come out – in the US anyway. This one is a comedy called The Internship and features Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn.
Miscarriages of justice might not have been in the news quite so much just recently, but a new film on that subject is out this week: Conviction, starring Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell. It’s about an innocent American man called Kenny Waters who is sent to prison for a murder he did not commit and it will, no doubt, raise concerns not just about the American legal system and lawyers, but legal systems everywhere. Heaven knows in this country we have nothing to be proud of on this subject.
Last week being half-term and all, and with the Junior Jobsworths being packed off to their grandparents at Cold Comfort Farm, Mrs J and I went to the cinema. Not just the little arts centre which shows the odd worthy foreign language film, but the proper cinema with 20 screens and 5 flavours of popcorn, none of them edible.
We saw “Made in Dagenham” and I went to see it, dear reader, just for you.