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Austerity Fight

A Feature Length Documentary by Phil Maxwell & Hazuan Hashim

 East End Film Festival London – Official Selection

Wexford Documentary Film festival – Official Selection

“A magnificent film” – John McDonnell MP, Shadow Chancellor

The next screening of Austerity Fight will be at the Plaza Cinema in Crosby Liverpool on February 2nd. You can buy tickets here: Austerity Fight

The austerity policies of the Tories have targeted young and old. The NHS is chronically under funded and is being privatised. Students are leaving college with huge debts. Children, pensioners and the disabled are living in poverty and millions live precarious lives on ‘zero hour contracts’. Austerity Fight challenges the notion that we have to live in a world where public services are cut, worker’s rights removed and poverty is a daily reality for millions. Austerity Fight champions equality, practical alternatives to Austerity and a vision of a world based on co-operation rather than the greed of a global super elite.

Following screenings at festivals, DVD copies will be available for £10 (inc. postage & packing). As independent and socialist filmmakers, we will also ensure the film is eventually available FREE online to watch and download.

Austerity Fight received its world premiere at the East End film festival when it received the following critical acclaim:

“Such an astonishing achievement. A rousing, current, passionate document of ordinary people fighting back. This important film needs widespread screening”.
Rachel Lichtenstein (Author).

“A wonderful film pulling off such an alternative voice to what we see on the mainstream media. Linking the devastating cuts going on in all services”.
Amanda Richardson (Award winning documentary maker – BAFTA/Grierson)

“Exposes what Austerity means in so many spheres, and documents the movements fighting back through the voices of ordinary people of all generations. Beautifully filmed, it is a must see not just for you, but for the unions, community groups, workplaces you are part of. A great film. What an indictment of Tory Britain through the articulate voices of working class campaigners. And what exquisite timing as our movement is rising in hope and confidence”.
David Rosenberg (Author)

“Fabulous. An incredible screening and an amazing and well deserved reaction”.
Alison Poltock (Director, East End Film Festival 2017)

“An excellent and inspiring film”.
Glyn Robbins (Author)

“A brilliant film”.
Guy Shennan (‘Boot Out Austerity”)

“Unmissable film. Marking history”.
David Whyte (Co-author, The Violence of Austerity)

Thanks to everyone who supported this project (full credits listed below). We raised £4506.83 for the project. Further screenings will be announced.


In association with
The Merseyside Pensioners Association

Associate Producers
Irene Leonard
Hashim bin Salleh
Audrey & Terry White

Special thanks

Abdul Hamid

Abul Hussain

Alan Gibbons

Alex Dipple

Alex Scott-Samuel

Alice Sielle

Alison Kirton

Alison Poltock

Amanda Eccles

Amanda Richardson

Angela Hayden

Angi Naylor

Anita Sullivan

Anna Livingstone

Annabell Bell

Annamarie Douglas

Anne Alexander

Anne Kinchington

Anne Tasker

Arthur Tynan

Bobby Patmore

Catherine J Chapman

Chris Hatton

Chris Plevin

Claire Lees

Dave Backwith

Dave farrar

Dominique Payne

Eileen Pollock

Fiona Winders

Frank Loughlin

G.F Hargreaves-Lees

Guy Shennan

Helen Cranage

Helen Watson

Jackie Remfry

Jacob Wills

Jane Hammett

Joanna Rollo

John Davies

John Tierney

Jonathan Pryce

Joseph Clarke

Judith Mabbott

Julia Meadows

Julian Casey

Julie Lyon-Taylor

Julie Skinner

Kambiz Boomla

Kate Hayden

Kate McCrimmon

Katy McCafferty

Kevin Byrne

Kevin Donnellon

Kevin Titterton

Kevin Tulliver

Line Blom

Liverpool Riverside Left

Lucy Hampson

Lucy Johnson

Lynda Sergeant

Mandy Williams

Mark Holt

Martin Daly

Naresh Joshi

Nikki Clemens

Noreen O’Sullivan

Paul Floyd

Pauline Gibbons

Paul Whitcombe

Paula Pesic

Peter Cavaciuti

Peter Stefanovic

Phil Irlam

Rachelle Mcevilly

Regina Stevens

Robert Knowles

Roger Howard

Rosie Hews

Rupert Franklin

Ruth Knox

Ruth Thompson

Sally Williams

Sarah Austin

Sian Hartley

Simon Rowland-Jones

Sioux Blair-Jordan

Stella Beston

Stephen Medway

Steve Heaney

Steven Hayden

Susan Carlyle

Susan Sibley

Terry Smyth

Tim Hayden

Theresa Selby

Therese Shanahan

Val Colvin

Warren Hallet

Wilma Short Boisnard


Liverpool 2016

Liverpool 2016

Demonstration against austerity 2015

Demonstration against Austerity, London 2015

Battle of Cable street anniversary 2016

Trade Union banner. Battle of Cable street anniversary 2016

Tax the rich. TUC demonstration, March 2010

Tax the rich. TUC demonstration, March 2010

Save Liverpool Women's Hospital 2016

Save Liverpool Women’s Hospital 2016

'Death by a thousand cuts' 2015

‘Death by a thousand cuts’ 2015

Demonstrator at Tower Hamlets College, London 2009

Demonstrator at Tower Hamlets College, London 2009

Capitalism in Crisis protest, St Pauls Cathedral 2011.

Capitalism in Crisis protest, St Pauls Cathedral 2011.

A UNITE container ship 2017

A UNITE container ship 2017

Port protest, Liverpool 2017

Port protest for better working conditions, Liverpool 2017

Dock Protest, Liverpool2017

Port protest for better working conditions, Liverpool 2017