Ken Loach said The Old Oak, his latest function, will be his last. possible.
Marking his Cannes Film Festival Premiere, Veteran Filmmaker, Who Turns in June 60, admitted that “Actually, it’s hard to make another feature film.
“It takes years to make a film, and I’m about the same 30,” he said. “And your facilities have indeed declined. Your short-term memory is gone, and I have poor eyesight now, so it’s tricky. ”
Loach said that while he has no problem with The Old Oak
handling the physical demands of a long-term job at With production taking several days, it became harder for him to maintain the “nervous emotional energy” of being “in a good mood” and he needed to set the pace and maintain that momentum during the shoot.
Loach is of course “retired”. in Cannes, he announced it would be his last film. But the election of the Conservative government in 2014 and the resulting Social welfare cuts have caused him to step back into the background for me, Daniel Blake
. The film was a powerful attack on the British welfare system and Roach won a record-breaking second Palme d’Or (following 2006 after The Wind That Shakes the Barley) and became a rallying cry for social justice around the world .He followed up in 2016 sorry we missed you , A pointed attack on the vulnerable and destructive nature of the gig economy, told through the story of one man who worked for an Amazon-like delivery service. Screening in Cannes Sorry we missed you , Rocky said again that this movie will be his last on the boardwalk. It’s not.
The Old Oak
, like me, Daniel Blake and Sorry We Missed You , also filmed in the North East of England, around the last pub in a former mining village, in 87 Tough times after years of decline. With the arrival of Syrian refugees, the watering hole became a hotbed of tension.
Loach said he entered the film Knowing this could be his last.
“I’m just not sure I’ll be able to get around the field again,” he said. “It’s like the big national team an old horse. You think, oh my god, I’m going to fall over the first fence! ? “
If this is Loach’s last film, The Old Oak will mark a director Over the 87 years of his career, his compassionate focus on working-class struggles made him one of the most famous and influential figures of his time. One of the most iconoclastic filmmakers around. He is best known for social realist classics Kes, Raining Stones , Sweet Sixteen , and My Name Is Joe , Historic
dramas Land and Freedom and The Wind That Sheating the Barley , and Angel’s Part and Finding Eric and other comedies. He is arguably the most successful director of all time at Cannes. In addition to his two Palmes, he also won for The Angel’s Share Won the jury prize of the film festival (in 2006 ) and from international Film Critics Society three FIPRESCI honours. His numerous accolades include Baftas, César and two European Film Awards for Best Picture. Kes Voted 20 Best British Film 7th) Century by the British Film Institute.
While Loach may claim The Old Oak
will be his final narrative feature, he has not ruled out making another A documentary, Paul Laverty says his longtime writer and collaborator (The Old Oak marks their 15 movie put together).
“That wouldn’t be so absolutely overwhelming – you wouldn’t It takes that big of a cast,” he said. “But I’d be very surprised if he didn’t do anything. I think it’s really in his blood. And he still has a lot to say. “