Ken Loach Interview

Ken LoachKen Loach has been one of England’s best and most important directors for many years.

Since making his mark in the 60s with the landmark TV dramas Cathy Come Home and Up the Junction, he has show a keen and uncompromising ability to tackle social issues head on in his films.

They have ranged from adolescence (Kes), Northern Ireland (Hidden Agenda), builders (Riff-Raff), the Spanish Civil War (Land and Freedom), the social services (Ladybird, Ladybird), alcoholism (My Name is Joe) and the plight of Californian workers (Bread and Roses).

I spoke with Ken recently about his latest film It’s A Free World and the release of The Ken Loach Collection which is out now on DVD in two volumes.

Have a listen to the interview by clicking below:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Ken_Loach_Interview.MP3]

You can also download this interview as a podcast via iTunes by clicking here

> Download this interview as an MP3 file
> Ken Loach at the IMDb
> Find out more about Ken’s career at Screen Online
> Senses of Cinema essay on Ken by Mike Robins
> Buy The Ken Loach Collection on DVD at Amazon UK

London Film Festival 2007: Paul Greengrass

Director Paul Greengrass was in town tonight to accept The Variety UK Achievement in Film Award at the National Film Theatre as part of the BFI 51st London Film Festival.

Paul Greengrass with his Variety award

He was interviewed on stage by Variety’s Middle East correspondent Ali Jaafar and they discussed his career, from his early days making documentaries at Granada, his acclaimed docudramas like The Murder of Stephen Lawrence and Bloody Sunday, to his more recent mainstream films such as United 93 and The Bourne Ultimatum.

Click below to listen to our report on the event:

[audio:http://www.filmdetail.com/podcast/get.php?fla=podcast-2007-10-29-66603.mp3]

Download this review via iTunes by clicking on the image below:

If you have any questions about this year’s festival feel free to get in touch via email or the contact page.

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> See more at the official London Film Festival site
> Find out more about Paul Greengrass at the IMDb

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London Film Festival 2007: Juno

On today’s festival update we look at Juno, the new comedy from director Jason Reitman who scored a critical and commercial success last year with Thank You For Smoking.

Ellen Page and Olivia Thirlby in Juno

Ellen Page plays a teenager (named Juno) who gets pregnant by her boyfriend (Michael Cera) and then decide to give the baby up for adoption to a couple played by Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman.

It gets a UK release on February 1st and in the US on December 14th.

Check out what we thought of it by clicking below:

[audio:http://www.filmdetail.com/podcast/get.php?fla=podcast-2007-10-29-17132.mp3]

Download this review via iTunes by clicking on the image below:

If you have any questions about this year’s festival feel free to get in touch via email or the contact page.

> Download this update as an MP3 file
> Check out the London Film Festival site
> Find out more about Juno at the IMDb