The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
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Cathy Come Home 

Cathy loses her home, husband and eventually her child through the inflexibility of the British welfare system.

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Reg
Winifred Dennis ...
Mrs. Ward
Wally Patch ...
Grandad
Adrienne Frame ...
Eileen
Emmett Hennessy ...
Johnny
Alec Coleman ...
Wedding Guest
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Property Agent
Gabrielle Hamilton ...
Welfare Officer
Phyllis Hickson ...
Mrs. Alley
Frank Veasey ...
Mr. Hodge
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Rent Collector
James Benton ...
Man at Eviction
Ruth Kettlewell ...
Judge
John Baddeley ...
Housing Officer
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Cathy loses her home, husband and eventually her child through the inflexibility of the British welfare system. Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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28 March 1969 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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At an anniversary screening of 'Cathy Come Home', Ken Loach spoke of how the play had become an important part in making the debate on homelessness public. At the same event his producer, Tony Garnett, pointed out that the number of homeless in Britain had more than doubled "but Ken (Loach) and I now live in much more expensive houses." See more »

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Cathy Ward: You don't care. You only pretend to care.
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Followed by Poor Cow (1967) See more »

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Is Ken Loach the most depressed man in the world?
15 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

What to say about this one? Heartbreaking, bleak, hopeless take on unemployment and overpopulation in England. It's not overindulging, it's not constructed, it just is, which makes it even worse to watch.

Basically you'll be watching the slow disintegration of this young couple that falls in love and tries to start a family. What begins as a love story, ends up exposing a social security system, completely incapable of handling the overpopulation, or the people it affects.

It's depression in film form. But to Loach's great credit, the point, the punch of this movie, never feels strained. If you liked this (if you thought it was good that is), My Name is Joe could be next Loach film you should look into.


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