Ken has had a long association with Warwick Arts Centre and the University where was made an Honorary Doctor in the 1990s. His mum remained a lifelong Nuneatonian and it is the source of some considerable pride that this was the cinema to which she came to see his films. I was hoping that he might be able to come and join us to talk after a screening of the film but it turns out not to be possible because, as soon as this film opens (it premiered at the Berlinale) he goes into production on his next feature. Wasn’t it the idea of the Welfare State that after the age of 65, it would not be necessary to work? I am glad Ken has made himself an exception.
By way of compromise, on Sun 17 Mar at 3pm, we are participating in a nationwide simultaneous relay of the film, with an interactive q&a broadcast live from London afterwards where you, the audience, can text in your questions and Ken will respond to as many as he can in the time available.
We are used to Ken Loach films having a visceral effect, but seldom in this way. The Spirit of ’45 goes to the very heart of what it means to be British, or a citizen of this country, if you prefer. Without question, it will provoke discussion and the desire to respond.
“The film works all at once as a lament, a celebration and a wake-up call to modern politicians and voters.” ★★★★ Time Out
To book tickets for the simulcast of The Spirit of ’45 and the post-screening Q&A, click here or call the Box Office on 024 7652 4524.