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Ken Loach Fast Facts
Birthday ***, 1936
Place of Birth England
Age 84 years old
Zodiac Sign Gemini
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Ken Loach

Kenneth Charles Loach is an English filmmaker. His socially critical directing style and socialist ideals are evident in his film treatment of social issues such as poverty, homelessness, and labour rights. Loach's film Kes was voted the seventh greatest British film of the 20th century in a poll by the British Film Institute. Two of his films, The Wind That Shakes the Barley and I, Daniel Blake, received the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, making him one of only nine filmmakers to win the award twice. Loach, a social campaigner for most of his career, believes the current criteria for claiming benefits in the UK are "a Kafka-esque, Catch-22 situation designed to frustrate and humiliate the claimant to such an extent that they drop out of the system and stop pursuing their right to ask for support if necessary".

BornJune 17, 1936, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England
Alma materSt Peter's College, Oxford
Years active1962–present
Political partyLabour (1960s–1990s, 2015–present), Left Unity (2013–2015), Respect (2004–2012?)
Children5, including Jim
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About Ken Loach

Director known for focusing on social and political issues in his films. Some of his best known features include Kes, The Angels' Share, Sweet Sixteen and The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

Ken Loach before fame

He performed in a comedy group called the Oxford Revue.

Achievement of Ken Loach

He exposed his socialist beliefs in the film Riff-Raff from 1991, which focused on labor rights.

Ken Loach family life

He was born to Vivien and John Loach. He married Lesley Ashton in 1962 and he has five children named Jim, Emma, Hannah, Stephen and Nicholas.

Associations of Ken Loach

He directed Cillian Murphy in the 2006 drama The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

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  • Kitchen sink realism - Kitchen sink realism is a British cultural movement that developed in the late 1950s and early 1960s in theatre, art, novels, film and television plays, whose protagonists usually could be described as "angry young men" who were disillusioned with modern society.
  • Respect Party parliamentary candidates
  • Fellows of St Peter's College, Oxford
  • Prix Italia winners
  • English republicans
  • Social realism
  • BAFTA fellows
  • Alumni of St Peter's College, Oxford
  • English humanists
  • European Film Awards winners (people)
  • César Award winners
  • English television directors
  • English socialists
  • Labour Party (UK) people
  • BBC people
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Latest information about Ken Loach updated on May 10 2021.