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