08 19 Oct '24
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Ken Loach


111' - 1969 - Drama, Family - Dialogue: English
Director: Ken Loach Composer: John Cameron With: David Bradley, Lyne Perrie, Freddie Fletcher, Colin Welland
Adapted from Barry Hines' novel about a young Yorkshire boy's attempt to escape the meaninglessness of his working-class future by caring for and training a kestrel, this is one of Loach' s finest works. Loach's direction of the actors, and Chris Menges' naturalistic photography keep the film away from sentimentality, whilst maintaining the poignancy of the story. (National Film Theatre)

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Ken Loach


John Cameron


David Bradley, Lyne Perrie, Freddie Fletcher, Colin Welland


Ken Loach, Barry Hines, Tony Garnett

Director of Photography

Chris Menges


Roy Waits


Tony Garnett

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Countries of production

United Kingdom

Screenplay based on

"A Kestrel for a Knave", (Barry Hines)




Ken Loach
Poor Cow (1967), Kes (1969), Family Life (1971), Talk About Work (short, 1971), Black Jack (1979), The Gamekeeper (1980), Looks and Smiles (1981), Which Side Are You On? (1984), Singin the Blues in Red (1986), Hidden Agenda (1990), Riff-Raff (1991), Raining Stones (1993), Ladybird Ladybird (1994), Land and Freedom (1995), Carla's Song (1996), My Name Is Joe (1998), Another City (short, 1998), Bread and Roses (2000), The Navigators (2001), Sweet Sixteen (2002), A Fond Kiss... (2004), Tickets (2005), McLibel (2005), The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006), It's a Free World... (2007), Looking for Eric (2009), Route Irish (2010), The Angels' Share (2012), The Spirit of '45 (2013), Jimmy's Hall (2014), I, Daniel Blake (2016), Sorry We Missed You (2019), The Old Oak (2023)

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