Famous film-maker's show

PUBLISHED: 11:48 11 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:48 11 June 2015

Ken Loach on the set of It's A Free World.

Ken Loach on the set of It's A Free World.


INTERNATIONALLY renowned British film-maker Ken Loach will treat aspiring producers and film fanatics to a one-off screening and question and answer session in Burnham.

One of Loach’s most powerful offerings, It’s A Free World, will be shown at the Princess Theatre tonight (Thursday).

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.

Angie 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 films include Kes, Cathy Comes Home, Land And Freedom and Spirit of 45, will also give a question and answer session to fans after the screening.

Loach, aged 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.

Somerset Film is a registered charity which is dedicated to empowering individuals and communities through film and creative technology.

Event organiser Phil Shepherd said: “Ken Loach is one of the great film-makers of our time.

“If you are a young and aspiring film-maker, or you’re simply interested in cinema, then here is your chance to ask Ken in person about his work.

“If you contact us directly, then we’ll make sure your question gets asked on the night.”

Ken Loach’s film screening and question and answer session will be at the Princess Theatre, in Princess Street, Burnham, tonight (Thursday) at 6.30pm.

Tickets, priced £3-5, are available from the box office on 01278 784464 or from the Engine Room on 01278 433187.

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