Monday 22 January 2018

Preoccupied by historical rhythms of rural resistance

Ken Loach's whole approach shows contempt for his Irish viewers, writes John-Paul McCarthy

THE British Film Institute (BFI) is currently organising a celebratory retrospective programme for Ken Loach, and this has prompted some admiring profiles of the film-maker.

The BFI's tribute to Loach's craftsmanship raises once again the question that dogged his self-pitying Irish film, The Wind that Shakes the Barley; what precisely is wrong with him?

Loach's admirers usually take refuge in the idea that those of us who resent his hectoring foray into our war of independence dislike him because his 'radical' message makes us uncomfortable.

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