This week’s film is by Ken Loach of “The Wind that Shakes the Barley “ fame.
Loach’s work has always been strongly influenced by his left-wing concern for social issues. After reading Law
at St Peter’s College, Oxford he moved into television, becoming famous for the 1966 docudrama
which dealt with working class people who were homeless and unemployed.
Loach’s films are characterised by a particular view of realism and naturalism, emphasising the genuine interplay between actors and foregoing special effects
The Spirit of 45
is Loach’s homage to the birth of the welfare state and Beveridge spirit. It even inspired the creation of
Left Unity, a new political party in the UK (excluding Northern Ireland), which has already started standing in local elections in England.
And here is one of his short films about Northern Ireland
Set against the backdrop of the conflict in Northern Ireland,
is one of Loach’s most controversial works.It moves from Belfast, to the Northern Irish countryside and Dublin and shows how violent life was in the north for over 30 years.
It deals with the tricky subjects of state terrorism during the conflict. Released in 1990, the film depicts the fictional assassination of an American civil rights lawyer in the North and the repercussions.This version even has French sub-titles for our international audience