Ken Loach tells the new faces of England in The Old Oak

For his next film, the director sets up his cameras in a derelict English village, where Syrian refugees have come to settle.

Soon to be 86 years old, Ken Loach will begin production on May 19 on The Old Oak. As for I, Daniel Blake , the shooting of this feature film should take place in the North East of England reveals the British magazine Screen Daily . Known for brilliantly depicting society and its injustices, the British filmmaker should register his new project in the same vein, according to the synopsis delivered by the distribution company Wild Bunch International.

The story takes place in an English village which, when the coal mines close, finds itself abandoned by the system. Once prosperous, the proud local community struggles to preserve its values ​​as young people move elsewhere. “An influx of Syrian refugees, lured by the abundance of cheap and available accommodation, is bringing fresh blood, but it’s unclear if the community will accept them and what that means for the last remaining pub, The Old Oak.”continues WBI.

A presentation at Cannes in 2023?

On the screen, we will find in particular Dave Turner, already on the poster of the last film of the director, Sorry we missed you , in which Ken Loach tackled the consequences of uberisation on a British family. At his side, a newcomer to the big screen, Ebla Mari. The filmmaker has also surrounded himself with loyal collaborators: Paul Laverty on the screenplay and Robbie Ryan on the photography. The production is being helmed by longtime Loach producer Rebecca O’Brien at Sixteen Films, with backing from the British Film Institute and BBC Films, in co-production with France’s Why Not Productions and Belgium’s Les Films du Fleuve.

Already strong with two gold palms for The wind picks up in 2006 and I, Daniel Blake in 2016, as well as three Jury Prizes (for Hidden Agenda, Raining Stones and Sorry, we missed you ) this new feature film should in turn be presented at the Cannes Film Festival in 2023.


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