Britain’s most garlanded working filmmaker has been an unyielding presence for half a century, rattling authorities and raging against injustice from the campaigning Cathy to Come to his two Palmes d’Or.
Our Ken’s journey has been tortuous at times, from his early innovations in television to a lean period in the early 1980s when he struggled for work, before his renaissance as a vital chronicler of injustice and elder statesman of British cinema. Our selection of works below includes his first feature film (Poor Cow) as well as one of his most controversial and rarely seen documentaries (Which Side Are You On?) alongside his run of recent, acclaimed feature works.
I, Daniel Blake
Drama2016100 minsDirector: Ken Loach
Ken Loach’s powerful, Palme d’Or-winning invective against welfare injustice captured the mood of modern Britain and became his biggest box office success.
The Wind That Shakes the Barley
Drama2006122 minsDirector: Ken Loach
Ken Loach won the Palme d’Or for this gripping, beautifully filmed account of two Cork brothers who join the struggle for Irish independence in the 1920s.
Drama2014109 minsDirector: Ken Loach
Ken Loach’s final fiction film is a spirited account of a 1930s Irish social club that becomes a bastion of jazz and free-thinking, angering the Church.
The Angels' Share
Comedy201297 minsDirector: Ken Loach
A young Glaswegian father-to-be discovers his nose for whisky and spots a chance to help his friends. Directed by Ken Loach.
Drama1967101 minsDirector: Ken Loach
Ken Loach’s perceptive, personal, and moving debut feature film tells the story of a young mother’s struggles while her husband is in jail.
Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach
Documentary201694 minsDirector: Louise Osmond
Louise Osmond's funny, provocative and revealing account of the life and career of one of Britain’s most celebrated and controversial filmmakers.
Which Side Are You On? Songs, Poems and Experiences of the Miners' Strike, 1984
Documentary198554 minsDirector: Ken Loach
Ken Loach’s documentary focuses on the 1984 Miner’s Strike, capturing a range of complicated emotions, situations, and circumstances.
The Spirit of '45
Documentary201295 minsDirector: Ken Loach
Ken Loach's stirring polemical history explores the immense forces that built Britain's Welfare State from the rubble of the Second World War.
Drama199196 minsDirector: Ken Loach
Robert Carlyle plays a homeless construction worker who falls for a unemployed pop singer in Ken Loach's hilarious yet potent paean to working class London life.
Drama199391 minsDirector: Ken Loach
Ken Loach's mid-career classic follows a poor, working class man devoted to buying his daughter a beautiful but expensive communion dress.
My Name Is Joe
Drama1998101 minsDirector: Ken Loach
Ken Loach's intense drama boasts a majestic performance from Peter Mullan as a recovering alcoholic in Glasgow, struggling with his feelings for a local health worker.
Drama1994102 minsDirector: Ken Loach
Ken Loach’s devastating, important film documents the personal and social battles a woman must go through in order to continue caring for her children.