Ken Loach opens personal archives

Here’s a tantalizing story for fans of bonus material: filmmaker Ken Loach is publishing his personal archives of notes, scripts, research, and other materials through the British Film Insitute. Loach was awarded the Palme d’Or in 2006 for his film The Wind that Shakes the Barley and has received repute for his use of socialist themes. It will certainly be interesting to take a look behind his filmmaking process when the archives are opened over the new few weeks.

One great example that’s already been released comes from his production of Poor Cow. You wouldn’t expect a call sheet to be that interesting, but the one posted by the BFI includes a cryptic poem about the film’s crew in the footer. Who knows what other mood-setting tidbits are there for future film scholars to pick apart?

If you don’t know Ken Loach, now is the time to start knowing. Watch some of his movies at Media Services:

Sweet Sixteen – HU DVD 1133
United Kingdom – DVD 1329
Bread and Roses – HU DVD 2619
The Navigators – HU DVD 2653
The Wind the Shakes the Barley – HU DVD 3374
Happy Ending – DVD 4320
Kes – HU DVD 8370
Ae Fond Kiss… – HU DVD 8803
Land and Freedom – DVD 9048

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