Ken Loach Quotes
We made 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley' about the war of independence and the civil war, which were the pivotal moments of Irish history, really. 'Jimmy's Hall' would seem to be a smaller story 10 years later.
Preparation is really important for actors; they need to know who they are, where they're from, and the experiences up to the point that we make the film.
I think that cinema is medium of communication. It's as valid as novels or fine art.
All politicians will say they celebrate the NHS, but to a greater or lesser extent, they've all undermined it.
Iain Duncan Smith and his regime, they wanted to make the poor suffer and then humiliated them by telling them that their poverty was their own fault and, to demonstrate that, if you're not up to mark then you're sanctioned and the money stops.
It would be exciting to take part in what we now call the Enlightenment at the end of the 18th century, but with modern dentistry.
If change is to come, it must come from the working class. That's why telling their story is important. That's why knowing our history is important.
I challenge the idea that films about rich people are escapism and films about working class people are dour and sad. I find the opposite's the case.
We have what we call 'fake left' politicians, like Ed Miliband and those who went before him.
Those in power always try to distort reality, to suit their needs and keep things safe.
A film has got to demand to be made. Otherwise - if it's just, 'Shall we? Why not?' - you shouldn't make it.
My mum was a peacemaker, and in personal things I tend to do that, because I can't deal with personal conflict. I find that horrible.
The BBC is very aware of its role in shaping people's consciousness... it's manipulative and deeply political.
There's no great desire to own lots of stuff - and I don't. You can only live in one house and drive one car.
History is for all of us to discuss. All history is our common heritage to discuss and analyze. The founding of the state of Israel, for example, based on ethnic cleansing is there for us all to discuss.
The thing is, it's much easier to be a rightwing populist than a leftwing one, because the left always have to explain why things are the way they are. The right can just blame the foreigners.
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