Louise Osmond's provocative and revealing documentary focuses on over 50 years of work from pioneering director Ken Loach – both on screen and off – and could not have been more timely coming hot on the heels of his Palme d’Or triumph, I, Daniel Blake.
The film explores the 'battles' linked to his filmography – ranging from the campaign to combat homelessness prompted by the 1966 telefilm, Cathy Come Home, to a right-wing press backlash in 2006 over the Palme d’Or win for The Wind That Shakes The Barley, to a fight with the censors over the language in 2002’s Sweet Sixteen.
An impressive array of colleagues, actors, producers, family members and friends line up to give an account of a man who producer Tony Garnett calls "the most subversive leftwing filmmaker England has ever had." At the same time, they also comment on his conservatism, his love of 18th-century architecture and how "he'd be at home at a vicar's tea party."
Ken Loach’s newly restored debut, Poor Cow, also screens at the festival.