Ken Loach on Route Irish
KEN LOACH ON ROUTE IRISH
Ken Loach's latest film 'Route Irish' is a return to what he is known for – hard-hitting, angry dramas. In March 2011, the film was previewed at Warwick Arts Centre and after the screening, Loach took part in a Q&A answering questions about his inspiration for the film, the motives behind it and the wider political implications of the storyline.
Liverpool, August 1976. 5-year old Fergus met Frankie on his first day at school. They’ve been in each others’ shadows ever since.
In September 2004, Fergus persuaded Frankie (by now an ex-para) to join his security team in Baghdad. In September 2007 Frankie died 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 approaches 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.
Ken Loach, famed British TV and film director, is known for his ability to direct features on a range hard-hitting social issues. He has directed over 40 titles including 'Kes' which won two BAFTAS in 1971 for Best Supporting Actor and Most Promising Newcomer. Loach's more recent work includes 'Looking for Eric' featuring Eric Cantona and 'Sweet Sixteen'.
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