Ken Loach

  • 25 February 2005

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Filmmaker

Roger Waters Slams 'whining' Thom Yorke

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 17 July 2017

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Roger Waters has slammed Thom Yorke for ''whining'' about Radiohead's controversial Israel concert.

Roger Waters has slammed Thom Yorke for ''whining'' about Radiohead's controversial Israel concert.

The 48-year-old singer and his band are due to perform in Tel Aviv on Wednesday (19.07.17), and after the planned concert attracted criticism due to Israel's oppression of Palestinians, former Pink Floyd rocker Roger has hit out at the star for complaining about ''feeling insulted''.

Roger - who was one of many musicians to sign an open letter urging the 'Creep' hitmakers to cancel the show - said during an hour-long Facebook Live chat: ''We should observe the picket line. Anybody who's tempted to do that, like our friends in Radiohead, if only they would actually educate themselves.

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Radiohead Respond To Critics Of Israel Gig

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 12 July 2017

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Lead singer Thom Yorke took to Twitter to respond to critics, including filmmaker Ken Loach, of their decision to play Tel Aviv next week.

Radiohead’s lead singer Thom Yorke has hit out at critics of the band’s decision to perform a concert in Israel on their current tour.

The band is set to play in Tel Aviv next week on the final date of their current world tour supporting last year's album A Moon Shaped Pool, but they have repeatedly come under fire from critics of Israel’s policies towards Palestine, and are being urged to call it off as part of a cultural boycott. They have played there eight times in their career, but not since 2000, well before the 2005 Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement began.

Noted filmmaker Ken Loach wrote a critical article in The Independent on Tuesday this week (July 11th) attacking the group for their decision to play there, but the band’s singer Thom Yorke took to Twitter the following day to clarify their stance and that their gig was not in any way a sign that they endorse Israeli policies.

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Ken Loach at the 70th Cannes Film Festival 70th Anniversary Soiree held at Palais des Festivals - Cannes, United Kingdom - Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Ken Loach in the press room at the 70th EE British Academy Of Film And Television Arts Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th February 2017

Ken Loach in the winners room at the EE British Academy Film Awards 2017 (BAFTAs) held at the Royal Albert Hall - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th February 2017

I, Daniel Blake director Ken Loach seen at the 2016 British Independent Film Awards - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 4th December 2016

I, Daniel Blake Trailer

Daniel Blake has been a carpenter all his life but when he suffers from a severe heart attack, his doctors urge him to take his life at a slower pace. With no other option, Daniel must turn to benefits to help him get back on his feet.

To receive state assistance, the joiner must be deemed ill enough to receive it but the test questions aren't suitable for Daniel's situation. On visiting the benefits office, he's informed that he must start looking for new work in fields he's not qualified in. Whilst waiting in the office, he hears a woman's plight for help. Whilst Daniel appeals his predicament, he bonds with Katie, a mother of two, who's being forced to move hundreds of miles away to avoid living in a homeless shelter.

I, Daniel Blake is a touching story of a man stuck in a real situation that has become all too apparent in recent years. British director Ken Loach won the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival for his most recent collaboration with screenwriter Paul Laverty.

Ken Loach Wins Cannes Palme D'Or For 'I, Daniel Blake'

By Stephanie Chase in Movies / TV / Theatre on 23 May 2016

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Loach has taken home the prestigious prize for the second time at the film festival.

British director Ken Loach has won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for his latest film I, Daniel Blake. The drama, starring Dave Johns, focuses on a joiner from Newcastle who needs benefits for the first time after suffering a heart attack.

Image caption Ken Loach has won the Palme d'Or at Cannes.

Loach beat directors including Sean Penn, Jeff Nichols and Jim Jarmusch to take home the prestigious prize for the second time in his career. His first win was in 2006 for war drama The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

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Ken Loach , Rebecca O’Brien - 69th Cannes Film Festival - Closing Ceremony - Arrivals at Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Sunday 22nd May 2016

A Week In Movies: Cannes Winds Down, Episode VII And Batman V Superman Cranks Up, New Trailers Promise Lots Of Action For Summer And Autumn

By Rich Cline in Movies / TV / Theatre on 23 May 2014

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Contenders jostle for Cannes Film Festival awards on Sunday, 'Star Wars' offers fans a chance to join the cast, and 'Batman v Superman' starts filming in Michigan. New trailers arrive for action blockbusters 'Transformers', 'Guardians of the Galaxy', 'Kingsman' and 'Life of Crime'...

Image caption Ken Loach isn't quite finished yet

But Loach, a celebrated filmmaker with a glittering career, admitted that his retirement announcement was voiced in "a moment of maximum pressure" during the production of his ‘last’ film. "It's a hard job to give up, really," added the 77-year-old, according to The AP.

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'Jimmy's Hall' Isn't The Swan Song Ken Loach's Career Deserves, Agree The Critics

By Jack de Aguilar in Movies / TV / Theatre on 22 May 2014

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Make another one, Ken.

For a while it looked as though Jimmy’s Hall would be Ken Loach’s final feature film, considering those were the very words he uttered. But since retracting from that statement, the critics have had their say on the Palme d’Or contender, and Jimmy’s Hall doesn’t do the British film maker’s career the justice it deserves.

Image caption Ken Loach will probably direct another feature following Jimmy's Hall

“This is exasperatingly thin stuff from Loach and Laverty, who have in the past built far more textured narratives, peopled by far richer characters, even while maintaining the fierce, politicised charge they aim for here. Think of The Angel’s Share, which won the Jury Prize here at Cannes in 2012, and of course The Wind That Shakes The Barley, which was awarded the Palme d’Or in 2006,” wrote The Telegraph’s Robbie Collin.

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Jimmy's Hall Trailer

Jimmy Gralton is a political activist in the 1930s with strong communist values. Unfortunately, this doesn't put him in the best light for Ireland's Catholic church, who consider he, his friends and associates to be antichrists. Jimmy runs a dance hall whereby he makes his views heard as the people of his town enjoy music and socialising as well as learning together and creating happy memories. The local priest doesn't see it as such a great thing though and he subsequently does his best to convince his parishioners that the hall brings nothing but evil to the neighbourhood. Those for the continuation of the hall's practises suddenly find themselves violently up against the protesting Catholic community, and two things that were always supposed to be about peace and civic spirit suddenly become armies who'll stop at nothing to defend their values.

'Jimmy's Hall' is a shocking Irish drama based on a true story during the 'Red Scare' in Ireland in the 1930s. BAFTA nominated director Ken Loach ('Sweet Sixteen', 'My Name Is Joe', 'The Navigators') is at the helm alongside screenwriter Paul Laverty ('The Wind That Shakes the Barley', 'The Angels' Share', 'Cargo'). It is scheduled to be released in the UK on May 30th 2014.

The Angels' Share Trailer

Robbie is an ex-offender and new father who is looking for a new lease on life after narrowly escaping prison for his last offence. Upon seeing his newborn son for the first time he vow that his child will never have to endure the same mistakes he has. Along with the new found friends he has made on community service they visit one of the many whiskey distilleries in his native Scotland and he soon learns that turning to drink might very well change his life.

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11'09''01 - September 11 Review

By Christopher Null

Good

Simple premise: Eleven filmmakers each get 11 minutes to put their thoughts about September 11, 2001 into film. Documentaries about 9/11 have certainly been made to date -- I'd be surprised if less than a dozen had been released -- and this very format has even been done before too (see our review of Underground Zero).What September 11 has that the other films don't is star power and international perspective. The 11 directors who submit work here represent a walk of fame of international cinema. Though I'm not familiar with the work of Samira Makhmalbaf (Iran) or Idrissa Ouedraogo (Burkina-Faso), to name a few, names like Penn, Lelouch, Iñárritu, Nair, and Loach represent some major names.

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