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Ken Loach

Director, Actor

Cathy Come HomeCathy Come Home (1966) Recommended
Dir. Ken Loach
Feat. Carol White
Dramatic critique of Britain's housing problems follows the progress of a young couple in London as they slip down the social and class ladder into…
Poor CowPoor Cow (1967) Recommended
Dir. Ken Loach
Feat. Carol White, Terence Stamp, Malcolm McDowell
Striking the tone of much of his subsequent work, Ken Loach's debut film gives a semi–documentary edge to the story of 'poor cow' Carol White,…
KesKes (1969) Recommended
Dir. Ken Loach
Feat. Colin Welland, Brian Glover
Dreary life in Northern mining town takes on a new lease for a young boy when he discovers and nurtures an injured kestrel. A sensitive, moving film.
Family LifeFamily Life (Wednesday's Child) (1971)
Dir. Ken Loach
Feat. Sandy Ratcliff, Bill Dean, Grace Cave
Grating realist cinema from ‘kitchen sink’ original Ken Loach, about a troubled young girl whose domineering parents drive her to a nervous…
Riff RaffRiff Raff (Riff-Raff) (1990) Recommended
Dir. Ken Loach
Feat. Robert Carlyle, Emer McCourt, Richard Belgrave
A warts–and–all exploration of the barely–working class focusing on a group of nomadic Northerners who find work on a London…
Hidden AgendaHidden Agenda (1990)
Dir. Ken Loach
Feat. Brian Cox, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif
Perhaps dir. Loach’s most genre–based film, this political thriller about sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland in the early 1980s involves…
Raining StonesRaining Stones (1993) Recommended
Dir. Ken Loach
Feat. Bruce Jones, Julie Brown, Gemma Phoenix
Bittersweet portrait of a debt–ridden labourer's quest to outfit his daughter in extravagant regalia for her first communion. Cruel, real yet…
Ladybird LadybirdLadybird Ladybird (1994) Aro Favourite
Dir. Ken Loach
Feat. Chrissie Rock
Ken Loach puts not a foot wrong in bringing the heart–rending true story of one mother's struggle to keep custody of her many children after a…
Land and FreedomLand and Freedom (1996) Recommended
Dir. Ken Loach
Feat. Ian Hart, Rosana Pastor, Iciar Bollain
British realist director Ken Loach changes tack with this period melodrama about a communist lad (Ian Hart) who joins a rebel army in the Spanish…
Carla's SongCarla's Song (1997)
Dir. Ken Loach
Feat. Robert Carlyle, Oyanka Cabezas
Another not–so–average tale from Dir. Ken Loach, concerning a Glaswegian bus–driver getting involved with Nicaraguan politics.…
My Name Is JoeMy Name Is Joe (1998) Aro Favourite
Dir. Ken Loach
Feat. Peter Mullan, Louise Goodall
Dir. Ken Loach revisits his mainstay – the not–working–class of urban Britain, this time extending further north to the slums of…
Bread and RosesBread and Roses (2000)
Dir. Ken Loach
Feat. Adrien Brody, Pilar Padilla, Elpidia Carrillo
Another politically–charged turn from dir. Loach follows two Latina women in Los Angeles who campaign for better working conditions and the…
Navigators, TheNavigators, The (2001) Recommended
Dir. Ken Loach
Feat. Thomas Craig, Dean Andrews, Andy Swallow
Following British Rail’s privatisation in the mid–90s, a group of railway workers must steer their way through the rough times in this…
11'09'0111'09'01 (September 11) (2002) Recommended
Dir. Ken Loach, Claude Lelouch, Sean Penn
Feat. Ernest Borgnine
A consistently intriguing omnibus of 11 short films made by various top directors about the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001 in New York –…
Sweet SixteenSweet Sixteen (2002) Recommended
Dir. Ken Loach
Feat. Martin Compston
A bleak, yet curiously uplifting portrait of teenage high–spirits run awry in working class Scotland. Anchored by a youthfully charismatic…
Ae Fond KissAe Fond Kiss (A Fond Kiss) (2004) Recommended
Dir. Ken Loach
Feat. Eva Birthistle, Atta Taqub
This cross–cultural Glaswegian drama finds dir. Ken Loach in a more romantic mood than usual, portraying a Scots–Asian man and Catholic…
TicketsTickets (2005)
Dir. Ermanno Olmi, Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach
Surprisingly succinct take on the "omnibus" film sees the trifecta of Olmi, Kiarostami and Loach intersect three eclectic stories on a…
Wind That Shakes the Barley, TheWind That Shakes the Barley, The (2006) Recommended
Dir. Ken Loach
Feat. Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham, Gerard Kearney
Thoroughly gripping Cannes winner from "kitchen sink" exponent Ken Loach, retelling with parochial force Ireland's tumultuous twenties, where the…
Chacun Son CinemaChacun Son Cinema (To Each His Own Cinema) (2007) Recommended
Dir. Theo Angelopoulos, Olivier Assayas, Bille August
35 auteurs convey the meaning of cinema in less than three minutes each, in this epic commission to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film…
It's A Free WorldIt's A Free World (2007) Recommended
Dir. Ken Loach
Feat. Kierston Wareing, Juliet Ellis, Leslaw Zurek
Sleeper from dir. Loach sees an unemployed single mother take advantage of a recent influx of Polish immigrants in her neighbourhood by setting up a…
Looking For EricLooking For Eric (2009) Aro Favourite
Dir. Ken Loach
Feat. Steve Evets, Eric Cantona, Stephanie Bishop
With a touch of magic realism, the great British director Ken Loach returns to the top of his game to tell the story of a beleaguered postal worker…
Route IrishRoute Irish (2010)
Dir. Ken Loach
Feat. Mark Womack, Andrea Lowe, John Bishop
Ken Loach tackles the murky occupation of Iraq with purpose and political thrust in this intelligent, agile conspiracy thriller, about the killing of…
Ken Loach at the BBCKen Loach at the BBC (2011)
Dir. Ken Loach
A six–disc box–set of the television plays that Ken Loach wrote and directed for the BBC between 1964 and 1977. A valuable collection of…
Angels' Share, TheAngels' Share, The (2012) Recommended
Dir. Ken Loach
Feat. Paul Brannigan, Siobhan Reilly, John Henshaw
Vintage social realist crime caper from Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty, about a group of roughnecks who scheme to liberate a barrel of rare…
Spirit of '45, TheSpirit of '45, The (2013) Aro Favourite
Dir. Ken Loach
In this illuminating documentary, Ken Loach movingly celebrates the radical changes during postwar Britain under the new Labour government, which…
Jimmy's HallJimmy's Hall (2014) Recommended
Dir. Ken Loach
Feat. Barry Ward, Simone Kirby, Andrew Scott
Ken Loach directs this genial biopic of Irish activist Jimmy Gralton whose establishing of a dance hall attracts the ire of the Catholic church, whom…
I, Daniel BlakeI, Daniel Blake (2016) Aro Favourite
Dir. Ken Loach
Feat. Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Dylan McKiernan
Infused with Loach's unique mix of tenderness and political consciousness, this deeply moving Palm d'or winner follows the troubled lives of a…
Sorry We Missed YouSorry We Missed You (2019) Recommended
Dir. Ken Loach
Feat. Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone
A struggling UK man with a family in debt decides to try self–employment by becoming a delivery driver. A powerful and nuanced drama about the…

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