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This review is from: Kes [DVD]  (DVD)
This is drama at its best. The film was shot in and around the Barnsley area & is peppered with authentic Barnsley accents. When the film was first released, there was talk of subtitles for people in the south of England. Whether this is true or an urban myth I cannot say, but regardless of whether or not you have difficulty with the accent, Brian Glover's performance as the bullying P.E. teacher living out his thwarted dreams during a school football match, is a brilliant & classic piece of cinema history. The main character, Billy Casper, also has his dreams. Dreams of escaping a life down the mines & not following in the footsteps of his brother, and for a while, Billy finds this escape through his relationship with his Kestrel.The film is both sad & funny in places, & he is brought back to reality cruelly & abruptly.
Billy's life will be quite alien to many growing up in the North of England now; take particular note of the children's P.E. kits - not an designer label in sight! Kids didn't do free advertising for sports companies in those days!