Posted on 30/09/2011
The political work of the film and television director Ken Loach will be celebrated on Saturday (1 October) with a special event at the British Film Institute South Bank.
The day of talks, screenings and panel discussions has been organised in partnership with the Department of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London and will include a book launch by Media Arts Professor John Hill.
The event, From Hidden Agenda to the Free World and Beyond: The Political Films of Ken Loach, coincides with a season of films directed by Loach at the British Film Institute (BFI) for which Professor Hill wrote the programme notes and a special feature article in Sight and Sound magazine.
The day’s events will focus on the representation of the working class and the 'underclass' in Loach's English and Scottish films and will include an extended panel featuring writers and directors such as Peter Kosminsky, Penny Woolcock and Paul Laverty who will discuss the status of political film and television today, at home and abroad.
The event will conclude with the launch of Professor Hill's new book Ken Loach: The Politics of Film and Television, during which a talk will be given by Tony Garnett, the producer of many of Loach's films and television plays including Cathy Come Home, Kes and Days of Hope.
Speaking ahead of the event, Professor Hill said: “Ken Loach, who turned 75 this year, is arguably Britain's greatest living film director. However, because he has continued to make work that challenges the status quo, he is also a filmmaker who remains highly controversial. It is this mixing of art and politics in his work, and its significance, that both my book and the BFI event considered”.
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