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2 items from 2011

Kes – review

8 September 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Forty-two years on, Ken Loach's social-realist tragedy about a boy who trains a kestrel is still transcendentally powerful

Ken Loach's social-realist tragedy from 1969 looks more luminous, more impassioned than ever, a rich film of flesh and blood. Perhaps, 42 years on, now is the time to restore the co-authorial status of Barry Hines, who adapted his own novel and gave Loach such a great story to work with. Non-professional David Bradley plays Billy Casper, the lad with the unforgettably pinched, shrewd, hungry face at the Barnsley comp where brutal teachers cane kids for things they haven't done. The poster famously shows Billy flicking a V-sign, but that's something he never does in the film, his defiance being more complex. Billy discovers a wild kestrel and realises he can train it: like a Tudor emblem of underdog ambition and power. The scene where Colin Welland's kindly teacher coaxes him »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Helene Palmer

1 February 2011 10:17 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor known for her role as Ida Clough in Coronation Street

The actor Helene Palmer, who has died aged 82, donned a black wig and frumpy overalls in the television soap opera Coronation Street to play Ida Clough, one of a triumvirate of stroppy machinists who tested Mike Baldwin's patience at his denim garment factory in Weatherfield in the 1970s. With Ivy Tilsley and Vera Duckworth, Ida featured from 1978 until 1988 as a militant unionist at Baldwin's Casuals – in a decade when strikes and lockouts were the order of the day in the real world.

The loudmouthed Ida challenged Ivy for the role of shop steward in 1980 but lost the election. She lost her job when, eight years later, she shopped Mike for drink-driving and he received a ban. At various times, Ida's children – the even louder Muriel (Angela Catherall) and the dopey van driver Bernard (Jeffrey Longmore) – worked at the factory. »

- Anthony Hayward

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