In its first edition, Ronda pays tribute to Ken Loach and will award a Goyesca of Honour to the British director for his extraordinary career, remarkable for his constant dedication and commitment and a continual questioning of his own work.
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 80s 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)
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)
Hidden Agenda (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)