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Loach on Loach (Directors on Directors) Paperback – 5 Oct 1998

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber (5 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571179185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571179183
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 893,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Graham Fuller is the editor of Potter on Potter, and works in New York for the Daily News.


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As far as the Faber and Faber Directors on Directors series goes, this isn't the greatest member of the club. However, the best thing about these Directors on Directors books is that they give you a real sense of having a conversation with the director, of really cutting straight to the core of what their work is about, and this Loach volume is no exception. You're not going to get insights like this in a magazine or a newspaper, or as much information in a documentary.
Quite a slim volume at about 120 pages (most tend to go over 200 pages), it covers Loach's work from his early theatre productions to his BBC work on The Wednesday Play. However, it doesn't go any further than 1998's My Name is Joe, which is arguably when Loach only started to get back on his feet as a feature film director, after personal tragedy and directing TV adverts in the 1980s. It's probably about time Faber did an update, considering the critical reception of the films Loach has produced in the 21st century.
Still, what is here is interesting material that covers all the basics of Loach's career up to 1998, with plenty of interesting details. There's a lot on politics (as you'd imagine), and on his working methods, particularly with actors (not showing them all of the script, in order to maintain a genuine sense of surprise in scenes). It's a great insight into the way the man works, and a tribute to his humility as a man and a director.
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I was a little disappointed by this, another in Faber and Faber's series of conversations with film makers. Ken Loach is a director I greatly admire and, as such, I had hoped to read in depth accounts - in his own words - about the films he has made over the years, much like Amy Rapheal's excellent Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh from FF which gave whole chapters to each of his films.

However this book gives scant regard to the individual films, skipping over them in a series of just a handful of questions and giving the reader little more than a page for each one. It's a very slim volume and not that necessary to own.
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