SFS Talkies / World Cinema Series : Kes
||Based on Barry Hines's novel A Kestrel for a Knave, Kes tells the story of Billy Casper, a lonely Yorkshire lad who, like everyone else in the town, seems destined for a life of hard manual work in the “pits”. But when he discovers a fledgling kestrel, his life changes.
||6 May 2008 (Tuesday), 7:30 pm
||National Museum of Singapore, Gallery Theatre
93 Stamford Road
Free admission but members only -- flash your membership card to go in. Non-members may sign up online or at the door -- we will issue membership on the spot. No tickets will be sold. Free seating.
A Programme of the National Museum Cinémathèque
Co-presented by the Singapore Film Society
Gallery Theatre, $8 / $6.40 Concession.
Free admission for Singapore Film Society members.
World Cinema Series is a monthly screening of works by the boldest and most inventive auteurs from the history of cinema. This series charts both the significant and less discovered territories of cinema - from the early silent era to underground films, and new wave film movements around the world, by some of the greatest mavericks and artists of film.
Discover the wonders and possibilities of the art of cinema on the big screen – as it was meant to be seen – with the World Cinema Series, shown every second Tuesday of the month at the National Museum of Singapore.
Tuesday 6 May
Dir: Ken Loach
1969 / UK / 109 min / 35 mm / NC16
“A viscerally powerful, raw, almost primitivist work. . . . The sheer idealism puts modern cinema to shame.” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Shot on location in and around the mining town of Barnsley for just £157,000, the simple story of a working-class boy who found hope through his friendship with a kestrel brought filmmaker Ken Loach to international prominence and heralded a bold new voice in British cinema.
Based on Barry Hines\'s novel A Kestrel for a Knave, Kes tells the story of Billy Casper, a lonely Yorkshire lad who, like everyone else in the town, seems destined for a life of hard manual work in the “pits”. An outcast in school, his home offers no respite as well with an absent mother and a bullying brother. One day, when Billy finds a fledgling kestrel and begins to train it, he finds his imagination gripped, and displays intelligence, resourcefulness and commitment that no one knew he had.
A realistic, unsentimental and poignant portrait of youth and education, Kes is one of Loach’s most impassionate and best films. The film won two BAFTA awards when it was released and is ranked seventh in the British Film Institute’s selection of the favourite British films of the 20th century. David Bradley’s naturalistic and memorable performance as the young Billy Casper has often been regarded as one of the great adolescent portraits in cinema, joining the ranks of Jean-Pierre Leaud in François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows (1959).
Winner of the Palme d\'Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival for The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Ken Loach is one of Britain’s most acclaimed and socially conscious filmmakers.
Loach began his directorial career at the BBC in the early sixties where he collaborated with producer Tony Garnett on a series of groundbreaking television dramas that addressed Britain\'s social problems, including homelessness, teenage delinquency, union politics and abortion. It was on these films that Loach developed a naturalistic style that reached its fullest expression in his second feature film, Kes (1969).
During the seventies, Loach spent most of his time working in television, where he made a series of radical political dramas about the working class. The Thatcher years found Loach increasingly in conflict with those who took exception to the left wing thrust of his work and wanted to censor it or lessen its impact. A Channel Four commissioned four part-series about the trade unions, Questions of Leadership, which Loach made in 1983, was never shown.
Loach returned to feature filmmaking in the nineties, and with the critical success of films like Hidden Agenda (1990), Raining Stones (1993), Land and Freedom (1995) and Carla\'s Song (1996), regained his position as one of world’s foremost humanist filmmakers.