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Thursday 14 November 2019

Loach son untroubled by film timing

Emily Watson stars in Jim Loach's film Oranges And Sunshine
Emily Watson stars in Jim Loach's film Oranges And Sunshine

Ken Loach's son Jim has revealed he was unfazed to learn his debut film would be out at the same time as one of his father's - and that his first thoughts were "bring it on".

Veteran filmmaker Loach turned out for the London premiere of his son's film Oranges And Sunshine, which comes out just a fortnight after his latest film Route Irish.

Jim Loach said the timing was "a complete coincidence" and that he and his father found it amusing.

He said: "I was like, 'bring it on' because you might as well face up to it and it's no big deal, and we laugh about it, obviously."

Oranges And Sunshine tells the true story of Margaret Humphreys, a British social worker who uncovered the forced deportation of thousands of children from Britain to Australia.

Kes director Ken is known for his social commentary and his outspoken political views, and his son said his upbringing inspired his filmmaking.

He said: "I wouldn't want to get into comparisons because I feel they're for someone else to say but I suppose we were brought up to be very engaged in the world and to find stories full of dilemmas and hope and inspiration and which had something to say."

Jim, who has previously directed television programmes such as Coronation Street and Shameless, added that his father had given him some good pointers for getting behind the camera.

"Wear a warm coat was an early piece of advice, and be very nice to everybody," he said.

Emily Watson, who plays Humphreys in the film, wore a bright orange coat with black trousers to the premiere. She paid tribute to Humphreys as "an overwhelmingly good person", and said Jim was "very gentle and very persuasive" as a director.

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