• Dir: Ken Loach

  • UK, 1969, 111 mins, DCP

  • Cast: David Bradley, Brian Glover, Colin Welland, Freddie Fletcher

Hailed as one of the greatest movies in British film history, Ken Loach’s social-realist tragedy is still transcendentally powerful than ever. Born in a sink estate in Yorkshire, semi-literate schoolboy Billy has his first taste of praise and recognition from training a kestrel. The bird’s tragic destruction soon puts an end to his dreams of freedom and spiritual affirmation. A hard slap on the broken education system, and a world of cruelty and willed indifference. Seen today, particularly in light of countless children suffering around the world, Loach’s Kes still cries its authentic song of rage.

1971 BAFTA Film Awards, Best Supporting Actor and Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
#7 in 1999 BFI Top 100 British Films

Further Readings:
Kes, From 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die by Steven Jay Schneider (N.Y: Barron’s, 2003)
Kes, From Loach on Loach by Ken Loach and edited by Graham Fuller (London: Faber and Faber, 1998)



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