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Not many films bring about social change or action, so this is something quite special. A searing drama about a young mother who becomes homeless, it caused a massive scandal when it was shown on the BBC in 1966. Viewers were shocked to see that such deprivation could co-exist with the welfare state and it led to the founding of homeless charity Shelter. Cathy Come Home still works because the characters are completely believable: this isn't just political propaganda, it's about how easy it is to slip through the cracks in society.
Powerful film from British social realist director Ken Loach about a woman trapped in 1967 in a miserable life from which escape seems impossible.
14+ years 97 mins
A memorable drama that involves a pregnant teenage girl who shares a flat with an openly gay man.
14+ years 96 mins
Based on Irish author Frank McCourt's autobiography, this both hilarious and tragic film deals with him growing up in a very poor family in the '30s.
14–16 years 140 mins
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We take a look at Ken Loach and his subversive and provocative back catalogue.
Reading time 8 mins
How two different, but thematically linked films each explore what life is like on the outside, when the traditional systems designed to help people fail.
Reading time 7 mins
A film list that explores films intended to persuade or influence an audience.
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