To celebrate the return of the big screen in Buxton, Buxton Film have arranged screenings with introductions by some special guests. The films they’ve chosen evoke the nostalgia of simpler times and three of them are classics in their own right.
By the time Ken Loach came to make Kes he had considerable experience of directing TV plays behind him and he had an approach to storytelling that has been a constant in a career that has lasted nearly 60 years. His films invariably focus on aspects of social justice and strive for an authentic, realistic narrative. Kes was adapted by Barry Hines from his novel about Billy Casper (David Bradley) a 15-year-old working-class lad from Barnsley. Hines borrowed from some experiences of his brother Richard who caught and trained kestrels and Richard worked on the film teaching David Bradley how to fly the birds. We are very grateful to Richard Hines who will introduce the film sharing stories about what remains a landmark in British film history.
Cast: David Bradley, Brian Glover, Freddie Fletcher
Director: Ken Loach