Ken Loach Biography (1936-)

Born June 17, 1936, in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England; son of John and Vivien (maiden name, Hamlin) Loach; married Lesley Ashton, 1962; children: Stephen, Nicholas (deceased, 1971), Hannah, James, Emma. Addresses: Office: Parallax Pictures, 7 Denmark Street, London WC2H 8LS, England.; Contact: c/o Sixteen Films, 187 Wardour St., 2nd Floor, London W1F 8ZB, England.

Director, screenwriter, producer
Birth Details
June 17, 1936
Nuneaton, Warwickshire, United Kingdom

Famous Works

  • Film Director
  • Poor Cow, National General, 1968
  • (As Kenneth Loach) Kes, United Artists, 1970
  • Family Life (also known as Wednesday's Child), Kestrel Films, 1971
  • Black Jack, Kestrel Films, 1979
  • (As Kenneth Loach) Looks and Smiles, Black Lion Films/Kestrel Films, 1982
  • Fatherland (also known as Singing the Blues in Red and Vaterland), Film Four International, 1987
  • Hidden Agenda, Hemdale, 1990
  • Riff-Raff, Fine Line/New Line Cinema, 1991
  • Raining Stones, Film Four International, 1993
  • Ladybird, Ladybird, Parallax Pictures, 1994
  • A Contemporary Case for Common Ownership (also known as ClauseIV: The Movie), 1995
  • Land and Freedom (also known as Terra e liberta and Tierra y libertad), Parallax Pictures, 1995
  • Carla's Song (also known as La cancion de Carla), Shadow Distribution, 1996
  • My Name Is Joe (also known as Mi nombre es Joe and MeinName ist Joe), Artisan Entertainment, 1998
  • Bread and Roses (also known as Pan y rosas), Lions Gate Films, 2000
  • The Navigators (also known as La cuadrilla), First Look Pictures Releasing, 2002
  • Sweet Sixteen, Lions Gate Films, 2002
  • (Segment "United Kingdom") 11'09"01--September 11 (also known as 11 minutes 9 secondes 1 image and Onze minutes, neuf secondes, un cadre), 2002
  • Film Appearances
  • Himself, Citizen Ken Loach (documentary), 1997
  • Television Director
  • Movies
  • Diary of a Young Man, BBC, 1964
  • The Golden Vision, 1968
  • In Black and White (also known as The Save the Children Fund Film), 1969
  • After a Lifetime, 1971
  • The Price of Coal, 1977
  • Auditions, 1980
  • The Gamekeeper, ATV Network, 1980
  • The Red and the Blue, 1983
  • The View from the Woodpile, 1988
  • Dispatches: Arthur Scargill, 1991
  • The Flickering Flame, 1996
  • Miniseries
  • Days of Hope, 1975
  • Television Work
  • Specials
  • Director, Questions of Leadership, BBC, 1983
  • Director and producer, Which Side Are You On? (documentary), LWT,1984
  • Television Director
  • Episodic
  • "Three Clear Sundays," The Wednesday Play, 1965
  • "The End of Arthur's Marriage," The Wednesday Play, 1965
  • "Up the Junction," The Wednesday Play, 1965
  • "Coming Out Party," The Wednesday Play, 1965
  • "Cathy Come Home," BBC, The Wednesday Play, 1966
  • "In Two Minds," The Wednesday Play, 1966
  • "The Big Flame," The Wednesday Play, 1968
  • "The Rank and the File," Play for Today: The Rank and the File, 1971
  • Also directed episodes of Z Cars, BBC.
  • Screenplays
  • (With Nell Dunn) Poor Cow (adapted from Dunn's novel of the same title), National General, 1968
  • (With Tony Garnett and Barry Hines) Kes (adapted from Hines's novel, A Kestrel for a Knave), United Artists, 1970
  • Black Jack (adapted from Leon Garfield's novel of the same title),Kestrel Films, 1979
  • (Segment "United Kingdom") 11'09"01--September 11 (also known as 11 minutes 9 secondes 1 image and Onze minutes, neuf secondes, un cadre), 2002
  • Teleplays
  • (With Hines) The Gamekeeper (adapted from Hines's novel of the same title), ATV Network, 1980

Further Reference


    • Cineaste, winter, 1998, pp. 22-27
    • Empire, December, 1998, p. 62
    • Film Comment, March/April, 1988, pp. 38-46
    • Filmmaker, February, 1999, pp. 52-55
    • The Economist, January 19, 2002, p. 35

    User Contributions:

    Peter Wicks
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    Dec 16, 2014 @ 2:14 pm
    Ken is one year older than me and like me should have done National Service in 1954 in his case.I would love to know which branch of the armed forces did he serve and wither or not he severed far I have not seen anything to say Ken was in the mob and having gone to university he would have held the Queens commission (officer or a pig as we squaddies called all officers)

    Peter the radical poet 1937/2014

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