Ken Loach preps next film, The Old Oak

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Ken LoachFilming begins in the north-east later this month on Ken Loach’s next film, The Old Oak. 

As reported on Screen Daily, the feature is set in a former mining village where the mine has closed down and the residents feel deserted by the system. Many of the young people have left and those who remain feel deserted by the system. 


When an influx of Syrian refugees arrives, drawn by the cheap, available housing, it throw ups questions about how the community will receive the new arrivals and the future of the village pub, The Old Oak. 

Dave Turner and Ebla Mari star. Loach’s long-time collaborator Rebecca O’Brien produces; Robbie Ryan is DoP. Loach, who will turn 86 next month, directs from a screenplay by another regular associate, Paul Laverty. 

Photo by Dave J Hogan, courtesy


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