Internationally renowned British film-maker Ken Loach has treated aspiring producers and film fanatics to a one-off screening followed by a question and answer session in Burnham-On-Sea.
One of Loach’s most powerful offerings, It’s A Free World, was shown at The Princess Theatre in the town on Thursday, watched by a capacity audience.
The film follows Angie, played by Kierston Wareing, who with the help of a friend, sets up a recruitment agency for migrant workers after being fired from her job. She ends up working with gangmasters, employment agencies and the migrant workers she places. The film’s strong ethical message saw it win best screenplay at the 2007 Venice Film Festival.
Prolific film-maker Loach, whose other films include Kes, Cathy Comes Home, Land And Freedom and Spirit of 45, also gave a question and answer session to the audience – answering a wide range of questions from the film world to politics.
Loach, 78, is known for both his naturalistic directing style and for his socialist beliefs, which are evident in his film treatment of social issues such as homelessness and labour rights.
The screening of It’s A Free World was organised by Somerset Film and the Bridgwater and District Trades Union Council.
Pictured: Top, famous film maker Ken Loach with The Princess Theatre’s Assistant Manager Craig Denny