Ken Loach to speak in Canterbury

Ken Loach will be speaking at the University of Kent

Film director Ken Loach is to speak at the University of Kent next month.

The 81-year-old will also take part in a question and answer session as part of a conference titled “Revolution: Politics, Technology, Aesthetics”.

Appearing with Loach will be Tony Garnett, a producer who has collaborated with him on works including The Big Flame, a 1969 tv play about dockworkers facing redundancy.

The play will be screened before the event at the university.

Two years ago Loach won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for his movie I, Daniel Blake.

I, Daniel Blake by Ken Loach

It tells the story of a man whose benefits are stopped even though a doctor has ruled him unfit to work. He goes on to form a friendship with a single mother on benefits.

Loach makes no secret of his far-left leanings. He has been a member of the Socialist Labour League, forerunner of the Workers Revolutionary Party, the International Socialists and the International Marxist Group.

After the release of I, Daniel Blake, he predicted the collapse of capitalism: “Each corporation is trying to get more sales through lower prices, therefore profits reduce, therefore they have to find the cheapest labour wherever it is, therefore capital can never be stable.

“We said that every crisis means more demands on the working class, more exploitation, but we were saying it in the abstract.

“People weren’t imagining zero-hours contracts, agency work, food banks. Who would have thought in the 60s that it would be acceptable and normal to starve unless you got charity food? It’s grotesque that we now accept this.”

Loach and Garnett will appear at the Woolf Lecture Theatre at the University of Kent on Thurday, April 12. The event will last from 2.30pm to 5.45pm.

It is free, but places must be booked. Click here for bookings and information.


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