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Based on the famous novel by Barry Hines, Kes: A Kestrel for a Knave, the stunning yet bleak film version centres around Billy Casper - a young lad who seems to have nothing going for him. He's picked on by his teachers and classmates, he's tormented by his older brother, and he's ignored by his mother. But then, all alone in the world, Billy finds a kestrel hawk - and manages to befriend and tame it.
A film guide that looks at Ratcatcher (1999), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
Dark, unique portrait of Glasgow in the 1970s, about a boy who blames himself after his friend drowns in a canal.
14+ years 94 mins
British director Tony Richardson's hard-hitting coming of age tale stars Tom Courtenay as a working class kid whose athletic talent sets him apart.
11+ years 104 mins
An anthem for troubled loners everywhere and an emblem of French cinematic cool, this is the deeply moving tale of a cheeky yet vulnerable schoolboy.
All ages 95 mins
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We take a look at Ken Loach and his subversive and provocative back catalogue.
Reading time 8 mins
A list of films that deal with the issue of bullying and its effect on self-esteem.
No. of films18
A film list that explores socioeconomic diversity on the big screen.
Suitable forAll ages
No. of films32
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