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The Plan The Came From The Bottom Up

Directed by: Steve Sprung
Runtime: 3hr 32min Year: 2018
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Directed by: Steve Sprung
Runtime: 3hr 32min Year: 2018
Country: Portugal, United Kingdom
Last Screened: Sun 1st Mar 2020

In the 1970s when their defence jobs in a Birmingham factory were threatened, workers came up with a plan to keep their jobs - by developing a range of groundbreaking sustainable products.

In 1974, the workers for Lucas Aerospace, a Birmingham factory, faced impending job losses. A new Labour government was in power, intending to make do on their promise of defence cuts. But the Lucas engineers soon came up with a way to save their jobs – by designing a range of cutting edge alternatives to the factory’s military products, including wind turbines and hybrid cars.

As this creative film essay details – through lovingly crafted archive and thoughtful interviews – the engineers were eco-pioneers well ahead of their time. As they developed 150 products for sustainable living, the world began to take notice.

Jumping back and forth from the present to the 1970s, director Steve Sprung queries how different things might have been had their groundbreaking plans come to fruition.