British director and filmmaker, Ken Loach, is coming to Cheltenham International Film Festival this September 2023.
Described by the BFI as 'the UK's foremost political filmmaker' and the director behind films including Kes; Cathy Come Home; and Poor Cow, Loach is hosting the UK premiere of his final film, The Old Oak, at the event on Monday 18 September 2023.
Famous for his socialist ideals and social commentary, Loach is one of only nine directors to have won the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival twice — first for The Wind That Shakes The Barley and again for I, Daniel Blake.
His new film tells the story of a downtrodden mining community in County Durham and its struggle to survive in a changing world. With its only local pub, The Old Oak, facing closure, its landlord becomes embroiled in controversy when he strikes up a friendship with a Syrian refugee.
The final film in his 60-year career, Loach's characteristic political views are clear and present in this latest offering, which depicts how right-wing politics create division in an already fractured society.
Adult tickets cost £15 with concessions priced at £10 per person.
For more information, see Cheltenham International Film Festival.