The film begins and ends with scenes recreating the 2004 Morecambe Bay cockling disaster, in which 23 illegal workers lost their lives whilst cockle-picking.
It enables mobile users to choose who knows where they are and when, giving them full control of their desired privacy.
Date: 2006 Type: Film (96 minutes) Director: Nick Broomfield Writers: Nick Broomfield, Jez Lewis & Hsiao-Hung Pai Availability: online trailer at You Tube; on DVD from uk (new from £7.05, used from £5.50) and (new from $34.94, used from $33.94). The Morecambe bay disaster - in which a gang of Chinese cockle-pickers found themselves trapped by the fast-moving tide - momentarily lifted the lid on the invisible immigrant workforce who toil for a pittance in the factories, warehouses and mudflats of England.
Page Reference: Allen, H., Heaume, E., Heeley, L., Hedger, R., Johnson, S., Mc Gregor, O. Ghosts sets out to explore the workings of a clandestine economy that is supposedly illegal but tacitly condoned (Source: Brookes 2006, np link). is about what [director Nick Broomfield] calls 'Britain's slave class' (Source: Cadwalladr 2006, p.7).
[It starts with Ai Qin,] a young Chinese mother singing a farewell song via mobile phone to her infant son. From here, Broomfield worked backwards to show us how Ai Qin had delivered herself into tragedy (Source: Belcher 2007 p.21) ..film begins, when a group of cocklers set off for Morecambe Bay.
Ai Qin is an illegal Chinese immigrant to the United Kingdom.
She is at home in Fuzhou, China, where there is no work except badly paid agricultural labour, and even this is in short supply.Ai Qin has a son but her husband is not seen (it is later revealed that he left her for another woman).The family have some awareness of the dangers of leaving for a foreign country, and can keep in touch using mobile phones, but overall they have no control once Ai Qin puts herself in the hands of a "snakehead" gang who, for a deposit of ,000 (and the obligation to pay off the loan of another ,000), will smuggle her to Europe.The film follows her from China to the United Kingdom where she gets a job in a meat-packing factory.It reveals that the UK's food industry is heavily dependent on underpaid, exploited migrant labour. sex work) is offered as a profitable alternative, but she resists this.She finds herself dependent on a "gangmaster", who, however, is only one step up himself and needs to bribe richer contractors to get even badly paid work.