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Question-and-answer session to be screened at National Media Museum
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Bradford cinema-goers will have chance to text or tweet questions to director Ken Loach following a screening of his latest film in the city.
Called The Spirit of 45, the film is a documentary about how the spirit of unity which buoyed Britain during the Second World War went on to create a vision of a fairer, united society.
Mr Loach, whose films include Kes, Cathy Come Home and Riff-Raff, has used footage from regional and national archives, along with sound recordings and interviews.
The film highlights and celebrates a period of “unprecedented community spirit in the UK”. It looks at the achievements of the post-war Labour government, and how it took leading industries into public ownership and established the Welfare State.
The film is released this month and, on March 17, there will be special screenings at cinemas nationwide, including the National Media Museum, followed by a live discussion panel and interactive question-and-answer session, via satellite.
Audiences will be able to text or tweet questions.
The museum is one of 40 cinemas taking part in the Q&A panel with Mr Loach, author Owen Jones and National Pensioners Convention general secretary Dot Gibson, hosted by comedian Jeremy Hardy. The panel will be broadcast from a screening at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton.
Mr Loach’s film work, which explores social and political issues, is renowned for its realism and naturalistic acting style. He was a special guest at Bradford Film Festival in 2006, when he was reunited on stage with cast and crew from his much-loved film Kes, including director Colin Welland, writer Barry Hines and actor Dai Bradley who played Casper, the Barnsley schoolboy who befriends a kestrel.
l The Spirit of 45 will be shown at the Pictureville cinema from March 15 for a week.
The Ken Loach Q&A is on Sunday, March 17, at 3pm. Tickets are available on 0844 8563797.