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Ken Loach Collection Vol 1

Synopsis
This collection brings together many of Ken Loach’s most celebrated films, along with some that are ripe for rediscovery. Featured titles are Poor Cow (1967), Kes (1969), The Gamekeeper (1980), Riff Raff (1990), Raining Stones (1993), Ladybird Ladybird (1994), Bread and Roses (2000) and The Navigators (2001).

DVD extras: 8 discs; 16 page booklet; South Bank Show documentary (1993) with Ken Loach interviewed about his career to date.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2007
Year of production
1967-2001
Subjects
Film studies
Keywords
Loach, Ken; realism; working classes; social issues

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£59.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
768 minutes
Year
2007

Sections

Title
Poor Cow
Synopsis
Poor Cow is a combination of Wednesday Play realism and commercial "Swinging London" movie, and contains elements which were to become basics of Loach’s method. Carol White’s performance forms the real heart of the film. (1967. 101 minutes)


NB The film is available separately on DVD (ref no MP053D) from retail outlets price £9.99
Duration
101 mins

Title
Kes
Synopsis
Probably still Loach’s best-known and best-loved film, Kes was adapted from the Barry Hines novel ‘A Kestrel for a Knave’. The portrait of northern working class life remains as pertinent and fiercely unsentimental almost 30 years on. A true classic of postwar British cinema. (1969)

NB The film is available separately on DVD (ref no 16823DVD) from retail outlets price £15.99
Duration
110 mins

Title
Gamekeeper, The
Synopsis
The Gamekeeper, like Kes, is based on a novel from Barry Hines, and follows a year in the life of a gamekeeper, from rearing birds and dealing with predators to organising the shoot. Made for broadcast by ATV (1980, 84 minutes)
Duration
84 mins

Title
Riff Raff
Synopsis
Witty and naturalistic, Riff-Raff had strong messages for workers in Thatcher’s Britain: drugs, daydreams and horoscope escapisms are out, mutual support and retaliation, in! There are vintage Robert Carlyle and Ricky Tomlinson roles, plus an unforgettable foreman who sees laziness everywhere except in his own tea-leaves.
(1990)
Duration
95 mins

Title
Raining Stones
Synopsis
Raining Stones reflects Loach’s unwavering left-wing sympathies and has a truly satisfactory ending as life dishes out justice for a change! Ricky Tomlinson is on form together with Bruce Jones as they wrestle with sheep, drains, loan sharks and poverty. (1993)
Duration
90 mins

Title
Ladybird, Ladybird
Synopsis
An intense drama in which a woman fights with the social services over the care of her children. (1994, 101 minutes)
Duration
101 mins

Title
Bread and Roses
Synopsis
Sisters Maya and Rosa are Mexican immigrant cleaners who work in Los Angeles, earn a pittance and get treated like dogs. A young activist offers hope when he vows to help them get the justice and dignity they deserve. Inspired by the real life ‘Justice for Janitors’ campaign. (2000, 110 minutes)
Duration
110 mins

Title
Navigators, The
Synopsis
The Navigators, one of Ken Loach’s most accessible and poignant films, follows the fortunes of a group of track workers as the privatisation of British Rail takes effect. When the workers get their new working brief, the company’s ‘Mission Statement’, the talk of ‘performance-related pay’ and unpaid holidays seem like a joke. Before long though, the workers are forced to make a very clear ‘choice’ to take their chances with the redundancy pay-off and life as casual agency workers, or toe the line and work for the new company under new rules. Forced to cut corners, a tragic accident seems inevitable. (2001)

NB The film is available separately on DVD (ref no BFIV123) from retail outlets price £19.99
Duration
96 mins

Distributor

 

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Phone
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