Focus on Ken Loach

Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach

Australian Premiere

Louise Osmond's provocative and revealing documentary focuses on over 50 years of work from pioneering director Ken Loach – both on screen and off – and could not have been more timely coming hot on the heels of his Palme d’Or triumph, I, Daniel Blake.

The film explores the 'battles' linked to his filmography – ranging from the campaign to combat homelessness prompted by the 1966 telefilm, Cathy Come Home, to a right-wing press backlash in 2006 over the Palme d’Or win for The Wind That Shakes The Barley, to a fight with the censors over the language in 2002’s Sweet Sixteen.

An impressive array of colleagues, actors, producers, family members and friends line up to give an account of a man who producer Tony Garnett calls "the most subversive leftwing filmmaker England has ever had." At the same time, they also comment on his conservatism, his love of 18th-century architecture and how "he'd be at home at a vicar's tea party."

Ken Loach’s newly restored debut, Poor Cow, also screens at the festival.

Louise Osmond
Ken Loach, Jim Allen, Lesley Ashton, Robert Carlyle, Cillian Murphy, Gabriel Byrne
More than anything else, Versus highlights the power that comes from Loach's quietness.
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