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Ken Loach

Unlike virtually all his contemporaries, Ken Loach has never succumbed to the siren call of Hollywood, and it's virtually impossible to imagine his particular brand of British socialist realism translating well to that context. After studying law at St. Peter's College, Oxford, he branched out into the theater, performing with a touring repertory ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 91 wins & 60 nominations. See more awards »

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Kes Director
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 2014 Jimmy's Hall
 2013 The Spirit of '45 (Documentary)
 2010 Route Irish
 2007 To Each His Own Cinema (segment "Happy Ending")
 2005 McLibel (Documentary) (re-enactments)
 2005 Tickets
 2002 September 11 (segment "United Kingdom")
 2002/I Sweet Sixteen
 1998 The Flickering Flame (Documentary)
 1998 McLibel: Two Worlds Collide (Documentary) (re-enactments, uncredited)
 1996 Carla's Song
 1995 A Contemporary Case for Common Ownership (Documentary short)
 1991 Riff-Raff
 1990 Hidden Agenda
 1989 The View from the Woodpile (TV Movie documentary)
 1989 Time to Go (Documentary short)
 1986 Singing the Blues in Red (as Kenneth Loach)
 1985 Which Side Are You On? (Documentary)
 1983 Questions of Leadership (TV Movie documentary)
 1981 Looks and Smiles (as Kenneth Loach)
 1981 A Question of Leadership (TV Movie documentary)
 1980 Auditions (TV Movie documentary)
 1979 Black Jack (as Kenneth Loach)
 1971-1977 Play for Today (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- The Price of Coal: Part 2 - Back to Reality (1977) ... (as Kenneth Loach)
- The Price of Coal: Part 1 - Meet the People (1977) ... (as Kenneth Loach)
- The Rank and File (1971) ... (as Kenneth Loach)
 1975 Days of Hope (TV Mini-Series) (4 episodes)
- 1926: General Strike (1975) ... (as Kenneth Loach)
- 1924 (1975) ... (as Kenneth Loach)
- 1921 (1975) ... (as Kenneth Loach)
- 1916: Joining Up (1975)
 1973 A Misfortune (TV Movie)
 1973 Full House (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1971 The Save the Children Fund Film (Documentary)
 1971 Family Life (as Kenneth Loach)
 1971 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series) (1 episode)
- After a Lifetime (1971)
 1969 Kes (as Kenneth Loach)
 1965-1969 The Wednesday Play (TV Series) (10 episodes)
- The Big Flame (1969) ... (as Kenneth Loach)
- The Golden Vision (1968) ... (as Kenneth Loach)
- In Two Minds (1967) ... (as Kenneth Loach)
- Cathy Come Home (1966) ... (as Kenneth Loach)
 1967 Poor Cow (as Kenneth Loach)
 1964 Diary of a Young Man (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Marriage (1964)
 1964 Z Cars (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- A Straight Deal (1964)
 1964 Teletale (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Catherine (1964)
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Co-founded Left Unity, a left wing alternative to the Labour party. See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 3 Print Biographies | 14 Interviews | 8 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Kenneth Loach

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I turned down the OBE because it's not a club you want to join when you look at the villains who've got it. It's all the things I think are despicable: patronage, deferring to the monarchy and the name of the British Empire, which is a monument of exploitation and conquest. See more »


Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985". Pages 593-597. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988. See more »


Improvisation, to create a genuine interplay between actors See more »

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