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.
On Sunday 1 March, The Plan that Came from the Bottom Up will screen in two parts with a refreshment break in the middle, and followed by a panel discussion.