Ken Loach is Britain’s great social justice filmmaker, a chronicler of labor struggles and Irish uprisings and working class folks just trying to survive every fresh assault on their way of life.
Films like “Kes” and “Land and Freedom” and “The Wind that Shakes the Barley” and “Jimmy’s Hall and “I, Daniel Blake” could be period pieces and might be history lessons or sociology lectures, but they were consistently compelling leftist cinema and great favorites at Canned
Now he’s showing what he says will be his final film at Cannes. “The Old Oak” is about a dying rural village’s age old pub facing closure and becoming a flashpoint for blowback against the arrival of Syrian refugees.
He’s 87, and he says considering the time it takes to get a film together and fear of “declining facilities” means it’s time to hang it up. He’s tried to retire a few times before, but social injustices always enraged him enough to come back. Not this time.