Kes

United Kingdom, 1969

Film
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This is one of Ken Loach’s earliest films in which he already shows his talent for portraying the starkness of working class life in an unaffected style with unknown actors. Billy (David Bradley), is the son of a northern miner whose expectations lead no further than following his father into the pits when he reaches manhood. Billy is an ordinary child, doing the morning paper round, reading ‘Desperate Dan’ on the way to school and playing football. Everything changes when he finds Kes, an injured Kestrel, which he nurses back to health. Kes becomes Billy’s best friend and his obsession with learning the ways of the hawk finally give him a purpose and his once empty landscape assumes new dimensions. Tragedy awaits however, as Billy’s older brother, who fancies birds of a different kind and horses, provides a traumatic end to the relationship.

Credits

production company

Kestrel Films (Australia)

producer

Tony Garnett

director
Duration

01:49:00:00

Production places
United Kingdom
Production dates
1969

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

324348

Language

English

Subject categories

Adaptations

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Realism in motion pictures

Animals & Wildlife → Birds of prey

Childrens Films

Childrens Films → Children 12+

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Working class in motion pictures

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → School children

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → School children

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Great Britain

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → School children

Literature → Children's literature - Film and video adaptations

Literature → English literature - Film and video adaptations

Literature → Literature

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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