Kes

Kes

Criterion Collection Edition #561

Named one of the ten best British films of the century by the British Film Institute, Ken Loach’s KES is cinema’s quintessential portrait of working-class Northern England. Billy (an astonishingly naturalistic David Bradley) is a fifteen-year-old miner’s son whose close bond with a wild kestrel provides him with a spiritual escape from his dead-end life. KES brought to the big screen the sociopolitical engagement Loach had established in his work for the BBC, and pushed the British “angry young man” film of the sixties into a new realm of authenticity, using real locations and nonprofessional actors. Loach’s poignant coming-of-age drama remains the now legendary director’s most beloved and influential film.

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Kes
  • Kes

    Directed by Ken Loach • 1970 • United Kingdom
    Starring David Bradley, Freddie Fletcher, Lynne Perrie

    Named one of the ten best British films of the century by the British Film Institute, Ken Loach’s KES is cinema’s quintessential portrait of working-class Northern England. Billy (an astonishingl...

Extras

  • KES International Released Soundtrack with Postsync Dialogue

    The American distributors of KES found the Yorkshire dialect difficult to understand and replaced a few sections of the original soundtrack with overdubs of the same actors modifying their speech. At the filmmakers’ request, the original production soundtrack was restored for the Criterion editio...

  • Making KES

    This forty-five minute video piece features interviews with KES director Ken Loach, producer Tony Garnett, cinematographer Chris Menges, and actor David Bradley. They were conducted in London in the fall of 2010.

  • The Southbank Show

    This 1993 episode of the television arts program “The South Bank Show” profiles KES director Ken Loach. It features interviews with Loach, producer Tony Garnett, filmmakers Stephen Frears and Alan Parker, writer Jim Allen, and actor Ricky Tomlinson, among others.

  • Bill Hader on KES