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Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach review – a timely tribute

2 June 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Louise Osmond’s documentary is an engrossing study of this mild-mannered giant of British social realism

Louise Osmond’s documentary tribute to Ken Loach could not have been better timed. His powerful, simple new movie, I, Daniel Blake, won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and underlined a colossal international reputation. It’s an engrossing study of this gentle, mild-mannered director with a core of steely determination, who made his bones (as they say in Hollywood) in the BBC of the 1960s, which gave a new generation of working-class writers and film-makers their chance. This has excellent contributions from Tony Garnett and Alan Parker, though it could have given more space to the late Barry Hines, the novelist and screenwriter with whom Loach worked on Kes and other films. Loach emerges as diffident and almost donnish in interviews, although his uncuddly side is revealed in his continuing anger about the »

- Peter Bradshaw

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This week’s new film events

8 January 2016 5:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

London Short Film Festival | Jim Allen Retrospective

Both those bemoaning the lack of new British film-makers and more optimistic glass-half-full talent-spotters will be spoilt for choice here, possibly overwhelmingly so. There are 38 programmes of new British shorts alone, not to mention international work and documentaries. It’s all helpfully organised by genre (sample titles: Lo-Budget Mayhem, Femmes Fantastiques, God’s Lonely Men, Wtf?), which could bring anything from gang-related conker fights to an operatic love story between a jar of jam and a slice of toast. There are also events dedicated to film-makers just off the radar (Jarman collaborator Richard Heslop, Norway’s Joern Utkilen and British artist Jessica Sarah Rinland), and a few very much on it (a Harmony Korine weekend, a retrospective of Nathanial Hörnblowér, Aka Beastie Boy Adam Yauch). There’s even a night dedicated to films about cats.

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- Steve Rose

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