The Old Oak (2023) © StudioCanal UK
The Old Oak (2023) © StudioCanal UK

ACMI presents

The Old Oak

Ken Loach | UK, France, Belgium | 2023 | MA15+






ACMI Member



Sat 13 Jul 2024

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Ken Loach brings his brilliant directing career to a close with one of the most compassionate and humanistic films of the year.

The Old Oak is a special place. Not only is it the last pub standing, but it’s also the only remaining public space where people can meet in a once thriving mining community that has now fallen on hard times after 30 years of decline.

Landlord TJ Ballantyne (Dave Turner) hangs on to The Old Oak by his fingertips, and his predicament deepens when the pub becomes contested territory after the arrival of Syrian refugees who are placed in the village without any notice. In an unlikely friendship, TJ meets a curious young Syrian, Yara (Ebla Mari), with her camera. Can they find a way for the two communities to understand each other? So unfolds director Ken Loach's deeply moving drama about their fragilities and hopes.

[Loach] could hardly have delivered a more resonant, timely or indeed angry swansong than this feature which takes up arms against the decay of national compassion.

Jonathan Romney (Screen International)

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Reset Collective
Courtesy: Reset Collective
Runtime: 113 mins

Event duration

113 mins



Viewers under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Contains strong coarse language.


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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