Ken Loach, one of the most admired and respected UK filmmakers of his generation began directing for the BBC in 1964. In his contributions to the BBC series The Wednesday Play from 1965-69--among them Up the Junction and Cathy Come Home--he would establish his reputation for making realistic social issue dramas. After feature film success in the late sixties, Ken Loach returned to television, directing the acclaimed series Days of Hope (1975) and the two-parter The Price of Coal (1977).
In his films, Loach pushed the boundaries of television drama. He took filming out of the studio and introduced a documentary-style approach and, alongside producer Tony Garnett and writers such as David Mercer, Jim Allen, Jeremy Sandford, Nell Dunn and Barry Hines, he tackled controversial subjects from an often incendiary radical perspective.
Contains: The Big Flame, Three Clear Sundays, Days of Hope, The End of Arthur’s Marriage, In Two Minds, Up the Junction, The Price of Coal, Cathy Come Home and The Rank and File.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Box Set, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Documentary, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The Big Flame (1969) In response to plans to mechanize the docks which directly threaten jobs, the dock workers take industrial action. Three Clear Sundays (1965) James O'Connor's "emotional autobiography" tells the story of Danny, a young prisoner put up to attack a warder by two old lags. Days of Hope (1975) Four feature-length period dramas follow three young members of a Yorkshire farming family from the First World War to the General Strike of 1926 The End of Arthur's Marriage (1966) A working class man goes to put a deposit on a new house only to find he prefers spending to saving... In Two Minds (1967) Kate, a young girl under psychiatric examination, suffers from a lack of confidence... Up the Junction (1965) Chelsea girl Polly moving to a working-class area of Clapham in search of life. The Price of Coal (1977) Two linked dramas look at the lives of those living in a Yorkshire colliery community. Cathy Come Home (1966) When Reg loses his job, they find their life spinning out of control. The Rank and File (1971) The Wilkinson glass factory in the Midlands believe they are a caring employer - even providing a free bag of coal as a Christmas bonus - and have always had a good relationship with the local trade union. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...Ken Loach At The BBC Collection - 6-DVD Box Set ( The Big Flame / Three Clear Sundays / Days of Hope / The End of Arthur's Marriage / In Two Minds / Up the Junction / The Price of Coal / Cathy Come Home / The Rank and File ) ( Ken Loach At