About the event

Ken Loach delivered this year’s George Lansbury Memorial Lecture, reflecting on the relationship between film and politics. This was followed by a Q&A with former Chair of Arts Council England, Sir Christopher Frayling. Ken then went on to introduce his classic 1969 film Kes. Ken Loach in Conversation was presented in association with the George Lansbury Memorial Committee, Queen Mary University and Poplar HARCA.

About the film

Kes, 1969 PG


Voted number 7 in the BFI’s list of Top 10 (British) Films, Kes is the story of a young, English working-class boy who spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.

Stars: David Bradley, Brian Glover, Freddie Fletche

Film Director Ken Loach has enjoyed a long career directing films for television and the cinema, from 'Cathy Come Home' and 'Kes' in the sixties to 'Land And Freedom', 'Sweet Sixteen', 'The Wind That Shakes The Barley', 'The Spirit of '45' and 'Jimmy's Hall' in recent years. He is well known for his naturalistic directing style and for his socialist politics, which are evident in the treatment of social issues in his films.

Ken Loach


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