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Ken Loach

Britain’s most garlanded working filmmaker has been an unyielding presence for half a century, rattling authorities and raging against injustice from the campaigning Cathy to Come to his two Palmes d’Or.

Our Ken’s journey has been tortuous at times, from his early innovations in television to a lean period in the early 1980s when he struggled for work, before his renaissance as a vital chronicler of injustice and elder statesman of British cinema.

Our selection of works below includes his first feature film (Poor Cow) as well as one of his most controversial and rarely seen documentaries (Which Side Are You On?) alongside his run of recent, acclaimed feature works.

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Ken Loach
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I, Daniel Blake 2016 15

Ken Loach’s powerful, Palme d’Or-winning invective against welfare injustice captured the mood of modern Britain and became his biggest box office success.

100 mins United Kingdom Director. Ken Loach

Outstanding British Film of the Year

- BAFTA Film Awards 2017

Palme d'Or Winner

- Cannes Film Festival 2016

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The Wind That Shakes the Barley 2006 15

Ken Loach won the Palme d’Or for this gripping, beautifully filmed account of two Cork brothers who join the struggle for Irish independence in the 1920s.

127 mins United Kingdom Director. Ken Loach

Palme d'Or Winner

- Cannes Film Festival 2006

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Jimmy's Hall 2014 12

Ken Loach’s film is a spirited account of a 1930s Irish social club that becomes a bastion of jazz and free-thinking, angering the Church.

109 mins United Kingdom Director. Ken Loach

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The Angel's Share 2012 15

A young Glaswegian father-to-be discovers his nose for whisky and spots a chance to help his friends. Directed by Ken Loach.

101 mins United Kingdom Director. Ken Loach

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Poor Cow 1967 15

Ken Loach’s perceptive, personal, and moving debut feature film tells the story of a young mother’s struggles while her husband is in jail.

101 mins United Kingdom

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Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach 2016 12

Louise Osmond's funny, provocative and revealing account of the life and career of one of Britain’s most celebrated and controversial filmmakers.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Louise Osmond

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The Spirit of '45 2012 U

Ken Loach's stirring polemical history explores the immense forces that built Britain's Welfare State from the rubble of the Second World War.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. Ken Loach

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