The plan’s proposals were drawn from some 150 ideas put forward by the workforce, when the committee asked for suggestions that answered a social need and could be produced using existing skills and technology. The Lucas Aerospace Alternative Corporate Plan included visionary proposals for energy conservation like heat pumps, solar cell technology, wind turbines and hybrid power system for vehicles, but it was rejected out of hand by the narrowly focussed Lucas Aerospace management.
Steve Sprung, who back in those days was a member of the political collective Cinema Action, has done a great job in bringing this almost forgotten episode to the screen. The story is told by five ageing members of the committee, whose clarity of thought and expression is compelling, interspersed with often poetic passages of reflective montage which speak of the wider context of continuing aerial warfare, consumerism, pollution and sheer wastefulness.
THE PLAN is showing on 1st March at these cinemas:
Birmingham, Midlands Art Centre / Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
Liverpool, Picturehouse at FACT / London, Bertha Dochouse
Norwich, Cinema City / Sheffield, Showroom
followed by a UK wide tour
There is also a 30′ version, more suited to screening at meetings and in classrooms, which can be streamed/downloaded HERE.