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Ken Loach: Rebel with a cause

Loach’s films about poverty in modern Britain are the most powerful of his career. Now in his eighties, the director is still taking the fight to anyone he sees as the enemy

By Wendy Ide   December 2019

LLUSTRATION BY TIM MCDONAGH

When Ken Loach and his regular screenwriter Paul Laverty were researching I, Daniel Blake, their 2016 film about a punitive unemployment benefits system, they noticed something alarming. The people visiting food banks were by no means all without jobs. A substantial number were trapped in zero-hours contracts and relied on charity to feed themselves and their families. It soon became clear to Loach and Laverty that there was a film to be made about the working poor. Their new film Sorry We Missed You,…

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