The Spirit of Greenham (Common Cause)


This film made in 1983 by Central Television that looks at one of the ‘Star Marches’ featuring women from Chester, walking to Greenham Common to campaign, challenging the traditional media narrative of the time along with a debate between ministers and journalists.

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Producer: Central Television
Year Produced: 1983
Running time: 52 minutes
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A documentary film which follows a group of women from Chester who took part in a walk to Greenham Common in the summer of 1983 – one of the Star Marches. We see the group from their initial planning meetings through diologue and confrontation along the way to the final scenes of candles floating down the river at Newbury on Hiroshima Day. The film shows the strength of the group’s commitment, and helps to counter some of the more prevalent media stereotypes of women peace protestors. Includes a 40 minute debate between the Minister of Defence and three journalists.

This film made in 1983 reflects the political situation of the time it was made and may not reflect modern modern scenarios. The imagery and film quality may not be to modern standards but is useful for historical use.

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