We Want Sex: Starring Sally Hawkins

Feb 5, 2009–Sally Hawkins, The British actress, who won the actress prize at the Golden Globes for her performance in Mike Leigh's comedy “Happy Go Lucky,” will appear in “We Want Sex.”

The tale centers on the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, when 850 female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination in their job performance evaluations. Their actions gave a boost to the women's rights movement and helped initiate equal pay for women in the workplace.

During the protest, the strike committee was invited to tea by Barbara Castle, employment secretary in prime-minister Harold Wilson's Labor government, during which the strikers raised the issue of equal pay. Oscar-nominated actress Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”) is in negotiations to play Castle.

The title is a reference to a famous banner carried by the women during one march proclaiming “We Want Sex Equality.” It was only later that they realized the last word had gone missing.

The $7.2 million project, in development for three years, will be produced by Stephen Woolley and Liz Karlsen at Number 9 Films. Billy Ivory has penned the script, and Simon Curtis is directing.  The idea is described to be in the vein of “Billy Elliot” and “Calendar Girls.”