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Watch: First Trailer, Images & 10 Minute Behind-The-Scenes Look For Ken Loach's Final Film 'Jimmy's Hall'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2014 11:48 AM
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Jimmy's Hall
For over four decades, British auteur Ken Loach has been carving out his place in cinema history, starting with "Kes" in 1969. In 2006 he took home a Palme d'Or at Cannes for "The Wind That Shakes The Barley," a highlight in a career that has seen him loaded with honors from around the world. Last year, it was announced that the 77 year-old filmmaker was tiring of moviemaking and would be making his final feature, "Jimmy's Hall." And a taste of the results are here.

10 Notable Filmmakers Who Work In Both Documentary & Fiction

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 7, 2013 1:31 PM
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10 Filmmakers Who Work In Documentary And Fiction
Truth may or may not be stranger than fiction, but both impulses certainly exert a powerful pull on the filmmaking instinct. With so many established narrative directors over the years turning their hand to documentaries, whether it’s “making of,” band documentaries, or passion projects that they use to create greater awareness of the issues that are closest to their hearts, it’s a well-trodden path. And while they’re treading that path, they get to wave at the men and women coming in the opposite direction: documentarians make the crossover into narrative just as frequently. This week’s release of “How I Live Now” (our review is here) from Kevin Macdonald is another example of how, for some directors, the dividing line between fiction and non-fiction is one they can criss-cross time and again throughout their careers—it’s a fiction film, but Macdonald’s been alternating between the formats evenly for the last decade or so.

Pixar Comes To The Rescue Of Ken Loach's New Film

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 29, 2013 10:30 AM
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Last week we were given the unique opportunity to visit Pixar Animation Studios in Marin County, California. The sprawling studio has the airy look and feel of a college campus (while we were eating lunch an impromptu soccer game broke out on the green patch of grass in between buildings) and a similarly goofy intellectual vibe. It seems like the kind of place where anything can happen (and often does). Not that the folks at Pixar are content to just keep that magic to themselves. After veteran British director Ken Loach made a desperate appeal for some last-minute editorial supplies, the Pixar editing team saved the day. And even included a little sketch of Mike and Sulley surrounded by spools of film.

Ken Loach Likely To Retire From Feature Filmmaking After Completing Latest Film 'Jimmy's Hall'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 9, 2013 10:54 AM
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There are few certainties in this world for a movie fan, but there are a few things you can normally cling to. You can be sure that every year will bring a new Woody Allen, which someone somewhere will herald as a 'return to form.' You can be sure that when the cast and crew of a sequel diss a film's predecessor while plugging the second movie, the follow-up will be even worse. And you can generally be sure that, in even-numbered years, British auteur Ken Loach will have a new film doing the rounds, usually at Cannes.

David Slade, Jim Sheridan, Ken Loach & More Line Up New Projects

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 9, 2013 10:50 AM
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From serious historical dramas to light Vince Vaughn comedies, we have an abundance of director news to share with you for your reading pleasure…

Review: Ken Loach's 'The Angels' Share' Is Slight, Sitcom-y & Suspense-Free

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • April 9, 2013 5:24 PM
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The working class are a little funny in “The Angels’ Share,” English director Ken Loach’s new bluecollar comedy. “The Angels’ Share” is Loach’s (“Kes”) premiered at Cannes last year after his “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” won the 2006 Palme d’Or and both "Route Irish" and "Looking for Eric" played in competition in 2010 and 2009, respectively. Tonally, Loach’s latest is more of a piece with “Looking for Eric” than “Sweet Sixteen,” though all three films concern young people looking for a way to find a loophole and rise above their lousy social stations in life.

Berlin Review: Ken Loach's 'The Spirit Of 45' An Effective But Conservatively Presented Doc About Radical Social Change

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 14, 2013 10:02 AM
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British filmmaker Ken Loach has never been one to hide his politics. In fact the throughline to his long, exemplary career, whether on TV or in theaters, whether documentary or narrative, whether small-scale domestic drama (“Sweet Sixteen,” “Kes,” “Ladybird, Ladybird”) or sweeping historical epic (“The Wind that Shakes the Barley,” “Land and Freedom”), has always been one of social awareness and overtly left-wing sensibilities. His characters are often working class people chafing against the injustice and disenfranchisement of their societal roles in the face of powerful contemporary or historical forces. And nowhere is this more in evidence than in his latest film, documentary “The Spirit of ‘45,” which details the rise and fall of the British welfare state: the post-war socialist program of social reform and nationalization of industry, and the subsequent partial or total dismantling of these moves under Thatcher.

5 Surprising & Controversial Cannes Film Festival Winners From Years Gone By

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 31, 2012 10:05 AM
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As much as people have quibbles with (much more democratically voted on) awards like the Oscars, the decisions by juries at film festivals tend to be even more contentious. Usually drawn from practitioners, actors, with a few other curious participants in there as well, jurors often come in with their own likes, dislikes and agendas, and in the absence of a unanimous choice, often end up settling for compromises.

Kino Lorber Picks Up Hong Sang-Soo's 'In Another Country' & Ken Loach's 'Angels' Share' Finds Distribution With Sundance Selects

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 25, 2012 12:20 PM
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Tracking the festival circuit can sometimes be a frustrating venture as distribution deals (or lack thereof) can negate anticipation and excitement. For smaller-name films, foreign ones in particular, it's sometimes a matter of years before a far away festival hit is released locally. American fans of South Korean helmer Hong Sang-soo and Scotsman Ken Loach can rejoice, however, as the duo's latest films from Cannes have now secured stateside distribution deals.

Cannes Review: Ken Loach's 'The Angel's Share' Is Slight, Sitcom-y & Suspense-Free

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 21, 2012 6:36 PM
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The working class are a little funny in “The Angels’ Share,” English director Ken Loach’s new bluecollar comedy. “The Angels’ Share” is Loach’s (“Kes”) latest film to play Cannes after his “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” won the 2006 Palme D’Or and both "Route Irish" and "Looking for Eric" played in competition in 2010 and 2009, respectively. Tonally, Loach’s latest is more of a piece with “Looking for Eric” than “Sweet Sixteen,” though all three films concern young people looking for a way to find a loophole and rise above their lousy social stations in life.

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