Ken Loach (full name Kenneth Loach, born June, 17 1936) is an English filmmaker who made a string of socialist realist masterpieces. He is an ardent critic of the capitalist system interested in the plight of the poor and oppressed.
He first became acclaimed in The '60s with his early masterpiece Kes. Early in The '70s he followed it with a cruel Kitchen Sink Drama Family Life. Loach was going on strong in the 90's, 2000's and 2010's with a row of positively received films.
He is a two-time winner of the Palme d'Or earning both prizes already in the new century.
- Hidden Agenda
- The Wind That Shakes the Barley
- The Angels' Share
- I, Daniel Blake
- Sorry We Missed You
Tropes associated with Ken Loach's works
- Central Theme: Ken's films focus on socialist issues.
- Downer Ending: Several of his films don't exactly end on a happy note.
- Government Conspiracy: Strongly implied with the ridiculously complicated and bureaucratic British social welfare system in I, Daniel Blake to discourage people from seeking benefits.
- Grey-and-Gray Morality: Despite his harsh subjects to talk about, nobody is perfect or horrible.
- Kitchen Sink Drama: Family Life belongs to the genre.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Can differentiate. His films are usually about dark socialist subject matters. However on the other hand, some of his films are surprisingly hopeful, heartfelt, or sentimental. Even one of his more bleak and cold films, I, Daniel Blake, focus's heavily on The Power of Friendship.