Ken Loach

  • Ken Loach – Route Irish (2010)

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    Route Irish (2010)
    Route Irish (2010)

    The story of a private security contractor in Iraq who rejected the official explanation of his friend’s death and sets out to discover the truth.Read More »

  • Ken Loach – The Gamekeeper (1980)

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    The Gamekeeper (1980)
    The Gamekeeper (1980)

    A simple tale of a year in the life of a Gamekeeper. From the troubles involved in rearing the pheasants and dealing with predators (poachers and foxes). The gamekeeper shows us all the good things about living so close to nature. The end of his year comes with the organised shoot. He has the sudden pressure of dealing with a lot of people, (beaters, the guns and “the master”) and ensuring that everyone has a good day and stays safe.Read More »

  • Ken Loach – Hidden Agenda (1990)

    1981-1990DramaKen LoachPoliticsUnited Kingdom

    When an American human rights lawyer is assassinated in Belfast, it remains for the man’s girlfriend, as well as a tough, no nonsense, police detective to find the truth… which they soon discover to be contained in an audio tape which the man had with him, exposing political manipulations at the highest levels of government. But such underlying agendas require careful considerations to avoid worse things than murder.Read More »

  • Ken Loach – Route Irish (2010)

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    Fergus (Mark Womack) returns to his native Liverpool for the funeral of his childhood friend Frankie (John Bishop), a fellow private security contractor who has been killed on ‘Route Irish’, the deadly and now infamous stretch of road between Baghdad airport and the Green Zone.
    Refusing to accept the official account of his best friend’s death, Fergus launches his own in-vestigation, fuelled by the discovery of a cell phone on which Frankie had recorded the shooting of an innocent Iraqi family just days before his own death.
    As his investigation ramps up – via frequent skype conversations with former security colleagues in Iraq and his interrogation of security firm officials in the UK – Fergus soon draws the heat of those he is investigating and a once dirty foreign war is transferred to the streets of Liverpool and pursued on home turf.Read More »

  • Ken Loach – My Name Is Joe (1998)

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    My Name is Joe is a slice of life so raw that you can see the blood dripping off it and in real life it mixes humour, tragedy and violence in equal measure. Joe (Peter Mullan) is a recovering alcoholic and has done a few things in his past which he’s rather forget. Like most people he knows, he’s out of work but he keeps sane by coaching the self-styled worst football team in Glasgow. When one of Joe’s players, Liam (David McKay), gets involved with some local gangsters a chain of events is set in motion which not only threatens the lives of those concerned but also comes between Joe’s budding love affair with social worker Sarah (Louise Goodall).Read More »

  • Ken Loach – I, Daniel Blake (2016)

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    Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall, the story of Irish communist leader James Gralton, was rumored to be the socialist-leaning filmmaker’s swan song. But the following year, Loach watched as the Conservative Party took power and the lifelong Labour supporter went back to work. It should surprise no one, then, that the Palm d’Or-winning I, Daniel Blake, which heralds Loach’s return from the briefest of retirements, is a staunch antagonism of bureaucratic institutions that prevent blue-collar Brits from earning the livable wages they deserve. But it should also come as not much of a surprise, sadly, that the filmmaker’s latest is pockmarked by a lot of the same conservative dramatic conventions and broad political emotional gestures that have marred much of his work over the years, but particularly his recent output.Read More »

  • Ken Loach – The Spirit of ’45 (2013)

    2011-2020DocumentaryKen LoachPoliticsUnited Kingdom

    An impassioned documentary about how the spirit of unity which buoyed Britain during the war years carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society.

    1945 was a pivotal year in British history. The unity that carried Britain through the war allied to the bitter memories of the inter-war years led to a vision of a better society. The spirit of the age was to be our brother’s and our sister’s keeper. Director Ken Loach has used film from Britain’s regional and national archives, alongside sound recordings and contemporary interviews to create a rich political and social narrative. The Spirit of ‘45 hopes to illuminate and celebrate a period of unprecedented community spirit in the UK, the impact of which endured for many years and which may yet be rediscovered today.Read More »

  • Ken Loach – Which Side Are You On? (1984)

    1981-1990DocumentaryKen LoachPoliticsUnited Kingdom

    Which Side Are You On? was commissioned for transmission as part of the South Bank Show (ITV, 1978-2009), but was not shown because of its “highly partial view on a controversial subject”, the miners’ strike of 1984. London Weekend Television, the commissioning company, felt that it was more of a political film than an arts film.

    Loach’s brief was to make a programme that showed what the striking miners were writing and singing. He felt that this was what he delivered and was angered that the programme was banned on the basis that it overstepped official guidelines on political impartiality.Read More »

  • Ken Loach – Land and Freedom (1995)

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    David is an unemployed communist that comes to Spain in 1937 during the civil war to enroll the republicans and defend the democracy against the fascists. He makes friends between the soldiers.Read More »

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