Kes Kes

Kes

Ken Loach

 
Kes (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1970
  • 99 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
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  • Spine #561

Named one of the ten best British films of the century by the British Film Institute, Ken Loach’s Kes, is cinema’s quintessential portrait of working-class Northern England. Billy (an astonishingly naturalistic David Bradley) is a fifteen-year-old miner’s son whose close bond with a wild kestrel provides him with a spiritual escape from his dead-end life. Kes brought to the big screen the sociopolitical engagement Loach had established in his work for the BBC, and pushed the British “angry young man” film of the sixties into a new realm of authenticity, using real locations and nonprofessional actors. Loach’s poignant coming-of-age drama remains the now legendary director’s most beloved and influential film.

Cast

BillyDavid Bradley
JudFreddie Fletcher
Mrs. CasperLynne Perrie
Mr. FarthingColin Welland
Mr. SugdenBrian Glover
Mr. GryceBob Bowes
Youth employment officerBernard Atha
LibrarianZoe Sutherland

Credits

DirectorKen Loach
ScreenplayBarry Hines and Ken Loach
From the book A Kestrel for a Knave byBarry Hines
ProducerTony Garnett
Director of photographyChris Menges
EditorRoy Watts
Art directorWilliam McCrow
MusicJohn Cameron

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • Newly restored digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Ken Loach and director of photography Chris Menges, with the filmmaker’s original production soundtrack, with uncompressed monaural audio on the Blu-ray edition
  • Making “Kes,” a new documentary featuring Loach, Menges, producer Tony Garnett, and actor David Bradley
  • The Southbank Show: “Ken Loach,” a 1993 profile
  • Cathy Come Home (1966), an early television feature by Loach, with an afterword by film writer Graham Fuller
  • Alternate, internationally released soundtrack, with postsync dialogue
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by Fuller

    New cover by Sarah Habibi

Film Essays

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Kes: Winged Hope

By Graham Fuller April 19, 2011

An Eagle for an Emperor, a Gyrfalcon for a King; a Peregrine for a Prince, a Saker for a Knight, a Merlin for a Lady; a Goshawk for a Yeoman, a Sparrowhawk for a Priest, a Musket for a Holy . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: Kes

May 03, 2011

American critics are thrilled that viewers on this side of the Atlantic finally have a chance to get acquainted with the essential British classic Kes, Ken Loach’s moving drama about a teenager . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Current_kes_fg_thumbnail

Kes: Winged Hope

By Graham Fuller April 19, 2011

An Eagle for an Emperor, a Gyrfalcon for a King; a Peregrine for a Prince, a Saker for a Knight, a Merlin for a Lady; a Goshawk for a Yeoman, a Sparrowhawk for a Priest, a Musket for a Holy . . . Read more »


Posters

Fight or Flight

April 08, 2011

Kes, British one-sheet, 1969 Read more »


Three Reasons