5-year-old Fergus met Frankie on his first day at school. Little did Fergus realise his dream would come true as a highly trained member of the UK's elite special forces, the SAS. Fergus persuades Frankie to join his security team in Baghdad. £10,000 a month, tax free. Frankie dies on Route Irish, the most dangerous road in the world. Back in Liverpool, a grief-stricken Fergus rejects the official explanation, and begins his own investigation into his soul mate's death. As he gets closer to the truth behind Frankie's death, Fergus struggles to find his old self and the happiness he shared with Frankie twenty years earlier on the Mersey.
“The challenge is always to find the microcosm that suggests the bigger picture; the unresolved conflict, the contradiction that, when explored, reveals the landscape”.
Ken Loach was born on 17th June in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England. A militant Trotskyist, at 25 whilst he was studying law at Oxford he came into contact for the first time with the stage, acting in a university theatre group. After graduating he worked as an assistant director in the Northampton Repertory Theatre. But he was more interested in the audiovisual world than in the boards and thus after winning a scholarship from the BBC he began directing.
From 1964 he began directing a series of docudramas, the most famous of which is Cathy Come Home (1966) which was a great success.
Since then and up until the beginning of the eighties he divided his time between film and television, filmed four features, numerous documentaries and TV films such as The Big Flame (1969) about dock workers in Liverpool and the series Days of Hope about the events which led to the strike of 1926 and the defeat of the British Labour Movement.
With Margaret Thatcher in power, unemployment grew along with cuts in spending on culture. The Iron Lady made a lot of enemies among artists. Loach was one of the most radicalised. Channel Four banned his documentaries A Question of Leadership in which he fought Thatcherism, as a result of which he was only able to make two films during this decade. In the 90s with political changes, his career was revitalised.. He has filmed many movies since then, the majority of which have obtained numerous awards, consolidating his international career, but always remaining faithful to the style which has been a constant in his life: the defence of the oppressed.
Poor Cow (1967), Kes (1969), The Save the Children Fund Film (1971), Family Life (1971), Black Jack (1979), The Gamekeeper (1980), Looks and Smiles (1981), Which Side Are You On? (1984), Fatherland (1986), Hidden Agenda (1990), Riff-Raff (1990), Raining Stones (1993), Ladybird Ladybird (1994), Land and Freedom (1995), A Contemporary Case for Common Ownership (1995), Carla’s Song (1996), The Flickering Flame (1997), Mi nombre es Joe (My Name Is Joe) (1998), Bread and Roses (2000), The Navigators (2001), Sweet Sixteen (2002), 11’09”01 – 11 de septiembre (2002) (a segment “United Kingdom”), Ae Fond Kiss… (2004), Tickets (2005), with a Ermanno Olmi y Abbas Kiarostami, The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
Original language of the film: english
Running time: 106’
Screenplay: Paul Laverty
Photography: Chris Menges
Editing: Jonathan Morris
Music: George Fenton
14:00 h. Press onlyDecember 3
19:00 h. + Goyesca of Honour