Ken Loach

Meet one of Britain’s most controversial filmmakers.

David Archibald

Ken Loach. Click image to expand.Ken Loach

London audiences have a rare opportunity this week – to attend the first public screening of a film that so incensed its funders they wanted it incinerated. In 1969, Save the Children commissioned Kestrel Films, established by director Ken Loach and producer Tony Garnett, to produce a film for the charity’s 50th anniversary. But the resulting documentary, scheduled to be screened by London Weekend Television, appalled the organisation’s leadership and, after considerable legal wrangles, it was consigned to the British Film Institute’s archive – where it has remained for four decades, unseen other than by archivists and film scholars.

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