Born OTD in 1936, British director of television & independent film, Ken Loach. Loach’s film Kes was voted the seventh greatest British film of the 20th century in a poll by the British Film Institute. Two of his films, The Wind That Shakes the Barley & I, Daniel Blake, received the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, making him the ninth filmmaker to win the award twice. Loach, a social campaigner for most of his career, believes the current criteria for claiming benefits in the UK are “a Kafka-esque, Catch-22 situation designed to frustrate & humiliate the claimant to such an extent that they drop out of the system & stop pursuing their right to ask for support if necessary”

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The Cinema of Ken Loach examines the connection between art and politics that distinguishes the work of this leading British film director, whose work includes such landmarks of British cinema as Kes, Land and Freedom, and Bread and Roses. Each chapter explores changes in his style by interpreting one or two films, augmented with original archive research and new interviews.

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