Ken Loach’s Land and Freedom charts the experiences of idealistic, unemployed Liverpudlian, David Carne, who as a member of the British Communist Party, joins the fight against Fascism in the early days of the Spanish Civil War. There, David becomes enmeshed in his own side’s political infighting, he begins to learn the compromises, necessities and costs of brutal war.
Bookended by scenes of David’s granddaughter discovering his journals and momentoes in contemporary Liverpool, Land and Freedom takes place in a long flashback finally coming back to the present at his funeral when his granddaughter throws a red kerchief filled with Spanish earth on to Carr’s grave.
Land and Freedom is the first of three films that Loach makes in the late 1990s which focus on issues of international socialism. A contender for the prestigious Palme d’Or and winner of the Ecumenical Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 1995 as well as winner of the European Best Film Award (1995), Loach’s Land and Freedom presents a humanist screenplay, written by Jim Allen, as well as a beautiful central performance from Ian Hart, making the film one of Loach’s most intelligent and intimate works.
The screening will be introduced by chief film critic at the Guardian Peter Bradshaw. Peter will host a Q&A session with Ken Loach after the screening.
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Ken Loach was born in 1936 in Nuneaton. He attended King Edward VI Grammar School and went on to study law at St. Peter’s Hall, Oxford. After a brief spell in the theatre, Loach was recruited by the BBC in 1963 as a television director. This launched a long career directing films for television and the cinema, from Cathy Come Home and Kes in the sixties to Land And Freedom, Sweet Sixteen, The Wind That Shakes The Barley (Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 2006), Looking for Eric, The Angels’ Share and I, Daniel Blake (Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 2016).