Kes, starring the 14-year-old David Bradley must be one of the very best British movies ever made. A combination of earthy, compelling scriptwriting, and brilliant casting, has ensured that this movie will be enjoyed by generations to come.
Set in the north of England, about a boy (Billy casper) who adopts and trains a young Kestrel, Kes is a gritty portayal of life in a 1960's mining village. Constantly at war with older brother Jud, the movie revolves around Billy's obsession with his pet, and his struggle to just get by. Unfortunately, Jud is there to make sure that life is far from easy for young Billy.
Lynn Perrie (Coronation street's Ivy Tilsley) is brilliant as the mother, constantly keeping the sons apart, whilst looking for a man to replace the absent father.
To anyone who doubts our ability to produce home-grown movies of quality, I'd say buy this film, if you only buy one this year.