WOWFEST: “Justice is only for the people who can afford it!”

By Jake Toon

In March 2014 a number of Middlesex Journalism students were offered the opportunity to blog for the Women of the World Festival at Southbank Centre.

Below is an example of one such article, reblogged from Jake’s personal blog.

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WOW Festival – Day 1

Maxine Peake – chaired by Jude Kelly and Maxine Peake

“Justice is only for the people who can afford it” are the ominous first words from the leading actress in the BBC’s Silk, Maxine Peake. Just coming from a march, where she joined barristers and lawyers in protest against the cut of legal aid, Peake sits on the stage and explains to the audience that we need to act, and we need to act now! In complete silence, the audience hangs on every word she says.

*Apologies for the quality* *Apologies for the quality*

Maxine Peake is one of the stellar actresses from the UK who is best known for her many roles in portraying powerful women within society. Personally, I grew up with Peake in her perfect performance of Veronica Fisher in Channel 4’s Shameless, where she played a tough council estate woman willing to fight to the…

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