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December 30, 2007
The Wind That Shakes the Barley. 2006. dir Ken Loach
(Palm d'Or Winner, Cannes Film Festival 2006)
Currently there has been no time to give the film a proper review however interested visitors can follow the links below. From the perspective of contemproary British cinema winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes is highly prestigious and very unusual for a low budget left-wing fim maker.
The top 20 UK films grossed £151 million at the box office in 2006 with Casino Royale, The Da Vinci Code, Flushed Away, The Queen, Stormbreaker, Children of Men, The History Boys and The Wind that Shakes the Barley the most popular. The latter proved to be Ken Loach’s most successful film to date whilst also picking up the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival. (My emphasis, cited in Screen South film Report for 2006)
Sweet Sixteen: The Wind That Shakes the Barley . This site is part of the Ken loach production team and provides a wealth of information about the film and is a good first port of call
BBC Ken Loach interview (Trailer also viewable)
Wikipedia on the original song "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" inspiring the film.
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