Ken Loach, in association with the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition’s Southwark branch, will be appearing at Peckham Plex on 19 April to introduce and later discuss his films and political outlook.
The Save the Children Film was commissioned by the charity in 1969, but was suppressed for 40 years due to its controversial content. Our event will be only its third ever public screening.
Ken will be in discussion with Nick Wrack, a TUSC candidate in the London elections on 3 May.
We will also be showing Ken Loach’s short film ‘The Other 9/11′, dealing with Pinochet’s 1973 Chilean coup d’état. Don’t miss this chance to see a long-lost film from one of Britain’s best living directors and then join him in a discussion about our political future.
Ken Loach was born in 1936 in Nuneaton. He attended King Edward VI Grammar School and went on to study law at St. Peter’s Hall, Oxford. After a brief spell in the theatre, Loach was recruited by the BBC in 1963 as a television director. This launched 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 and The Wind That Shakes The Barley, for which he won the Palme d’Or, in recent years.
For more information about Ken Loach, visit www.sixteenfilms.co.uk
About The Save the Children Film
This film, directed by Ken Loach and produced by Tony Garnett, was originally commissioned by Save the Children and London Weekend Television in the 1960s to mark the Charity’s fiftieth anniversary.
The film was shot in 1969 in the UK, Kenya and Uganda. Already an established filmmaker, Loach opened the film with a quotation from Friedrich Engels, and went on to construct a film that explored the politics of poverty, class and charities and the relationship between them. At that time Save the Children representatives felt the film subverted their aims. They did not agree to a public screening of the work and the film was immediately withdrawn and kept in the BFI’s national archive. L.W.T. wrote off their investment.
Forty years later Save the Children is pleased that the film is to be shown to the public. It depicts a unique slice of British social and cinematic history and highlights how much the charity world and Save the Children have changed.
To find out more and to buy a ticket, visit here.