Ken Loach at 75
To celebrate the 75th birthday of one of British cinema’s most distinguished, and controversial, directors, the British Film Institute in London and the Queens Film Theatre in Belfast present a special retrospective of the film of Ken Loach, with a series of additional talks, masterclasses and Q&As.
Ken Loach is a filmmaker with an outstanding international reputation both as a hugely talented craftsman and as a radical social and political commentator. Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2006 for The Wind That Shakes the Barley Loach is one of Britain’s most celebrated and socially committed film-makers. He began his career in media production 50 years ago when he joined BBC Television’s drama department as a trainee director and went on to make ground-breaking television plays which are among the most important ever broadcast, such as Cathy Come Home and Up the Junction.
His pioneering methods and gritty social realism had a huge influence on many filmmakers today including Shane Meadows, Paul Greengrass, Peter Mullan and many more. Loach’s career is full of richly rewarding films, from compelling accounts of contemporary life such as Riff-Raff and Looking for Eric, as well as engaging political dramas such as Hidden Agenda or Land and Freedom. Above all these are passionate, well-crafted works of cinema with a universal appeal which transcend their geographical location.
The full programme for the Ken Loach at 75 season at the BFI Southbank between 9th September and 12th October can be found here - BFI - Ken Loach at 75.
The season of selected films running at the Queens Film Theatre in Belfast between 13th and 25th September is as follows:
The Wind that Shakes the Barley - Tuesday 13 September, 10am and 6.40pm. Introduced by Ken Loach's producer, Rebecca O'Brien.
Producing Ken Loach - A Conversation with Rebecca O'Brien - Tuesday 13 September, 12.15pm. Tickets £3.
Hidden Agenda - Wednesday 14 September, 6.40pm.
Bread and Roses - Thursday 15 September, 6.40pm.
Kes - Saturday 17, Sunday 18, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September.
Tickets for films in the Ken Loach at 75 season are available to book online at the QFT site.