3hrs 30mins

Steve Sprung's document of workplace resistance is a vital insight into what an alternative, socially conscious economic model could look like...

"...an essential historical and political essay, crafted with great intelligence and civic conscience... It's an urgent and gripping piece of work reflecting on the dark consequences of capitalism on society and proposing an encouraging alternative for a troubling present" - London Film Festival (2018)


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In the late 1970s, workers at Lucas Aerospace Ltd. responded to the threat of redundancy with an innovative and radical plan to save their jobs, and the company. Designing what they called “socially useful” and “environmentally sustainable alternatives” to the military products their company made, the impact of their work would be much greater than they could have envisaged.

Building wind turbines, a hybrid car, heat pumps, and energy-efficient housing, the workers of Lucas Aerospace, in essence, turned what was once a destructive company into one that making a different kind of contribution to the world. Their ‘plan’ subsequently earned them a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 1979.

Combining archive material and contemporary footage, The Plan That Came From The Bottom Up shows how the engineers at Lucas Aerospace developed a radical new worker-led model for production and economic growth; one that grew out of deep reflection on the broader social, environmental and political implications of their work. Society may now have forgotten their heroism. But in an era in which armed conflict and the climate crisis loom large as major global issues, their story presents a vital, and perhaps instructive, piece of recent industrial history.

The Plan That Came From The Bottom Up is a film presented in two parts, followed by a panel discussion. The running order for the screening is as follows:
Part 1: 14:00 – 16:00
16:00-16:30: Interval
Part 2: 16:30 – 18:00
18:00 – 18:45: Panel discussion

The panel will include Hilary Wainwright, editor of Red Pepper and a Fellow of the Transnational Institute, and John Routley, a former Lucas Aerospace Shop Steward.

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