May 8, 2015
Acclaimed film director Ken Loach to visit Burnham-On-Sea

Acclaimed British film director Ken Loach will present a special screening of his film ‘It’s a Free World’ at the Princess Theatre in Burnham-On-Sea in June.

He will visit the theatre on Thursday June 11th, with doors opening at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with the director.

Ken Loach is a prolific and world-renowned filmmaker, noted for his social realism style and for ground breaking films such as ‘Kes’ and ‘Cathy Come Home’ and more recently 'The Wind that Shakes the Barley', ‘Spirit of ’45’ and ‘Jimmy’s Hall’.

‘It’s a Free World’ (cert 15, 2007) won Best Screenplay at the 2007 Venice Film Festival.

The film follows Angie, played by Kirsten Wareing and nominated for a BAFTA for this role, who having been unjustly sacked from her job in an employment agency, sets up on her own.

But this is no conventional tale of plucky entrepreneurs building their business through sheer determination to win well-earned prosperity.

While Angie and her partner see their new business as a way out of economic hardship, it soon becomes clear that it will shape them more than they shape it.

Organiser Phil Shepherd said: "Ken Loach has always been at the forefront of socially-engaging cinema, not afraid to put his political arguments at the heart of his films."

"With 'It's A Free World' he does much more than highlight the scandal of how migrant workers are exploited, he challenges the prevailing wisdom that “ruthless entrepreneurship is the way that this society should develop – that everything is a deal, everything is competitive, acquisitive, market-orientated and that’s the way we should live."

Tickets cost £5 or £3 for those receiving jobseekers allowance. These are available from the Princess Theatre box office on 01278 784464.

The film screening has been organized by Somerset Film and Bridgwater's Trades Council.


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