Ken Loach is one of the world’s most renown naturalist filmmakers alive today. His films tend to focus on social issues facing ordinary individuals, including homelessness, income inequality, labor rights, and more. He has racked up serious critical acclaim and he’s one of nine filmmakers to win the Palme d’Or twice at the Cannes Film Festival for “That Shakes the Barley” in 2006 and “I, Daniel Blake” in 2016. This year, Loach will celebrate his 80th birthday, and there’s no better time to celebrate and honor his work than with a career-spanning documentary. “Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach” presents a candid, behind-the-scenes account of Loach’s body of work, tracking his career from the time he was an understudy in a Kenneth Williams revue to making groundbreaking TV dramas to directing major films such as “Kes” and “Riff-Raff.” Check out the trailer for the film above.
“Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach” is directed by Louise Osmond, a British documentary filmmaker best known for films like “Deep Water,” about the disastrous 1968 round-the-world yacht race, and “Dark Horse,” about a group of friends who breed a racehorse to take down the “elite sport of kings.” Her film was in the works long before Loach won his second Palme d’Or at Cannes this year.
“Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach” was released in the UK on June 3rd and is currently seeking U.S. distribution.