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Kes (1969)

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Directer:Ken Loach  Producer:Tony Garnett  Story:Barry Hines (book "A Kestrel For A Knave")Writter:Barry Hines, Ken Loach,Tony Garnett  Music:John Cameron 

Cinematography:Chris Menges  Editor:Roy Watts  Running time:110 min   

Country:United Kingdom  Language:English Genre:Drama   Subtitle: English/
Starring:
David Bradley ... Billy, Freddie Fletcher ... Jud, Lynne Perrie ... Mrs. Casper,
Colin Welland ... Mr. Farthing, Brian Glover ... Mr. Sugden, Bob Bowes ... Mr. Gryce,
Robert Naylor ... MacDowell, Bill Dean ... Fish and Chip Shop Man,

Geoffrey Banks ... Mathematics Teacher, Duggie Brown ... Milkman,

Trevor Hesketh ... Mr Crossley, Harry Markham ... Newsagent,

Joe Miller ... Reg Mother''s Friend, David Glover ... Tibbutt, George Speed ... Billy''s Friend,

Stephen Crossland ... Billy''s Friend, Frank Norton ... Billy''s Friend, Martin Harley ... Billy''s Friend

 

   

 


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BAFTA Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1971 Won BAFTA Film Award Best Supporting Actor
Colin Welland 
Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
David Bradley 
Nominated BAFTA Film Award Best Direction
Ken Loach 
Best Film
Best Screenplay
Barry Hines 
Ken Loach 
Tony Garnett 
UN Award  
 
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1970 Won Crystal Globe Ken Loach 
 
Writers'' Guild of Great Britain
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1971 Won Writers'' Guild of Great Britain Award Best British Screenplay
Barry Hines 
Ken Loach 
Tony Garnett 
 
 

 A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.

Bullied at school and ignored and abused at home by his indifferent mother and older brother, Billy Casper (David Bradley), a 15-year-old working-class Yorkshire boy, tames and trains his pet kestrel falcon whom he names Kes. Helped and encouraged by his English teacher Mr. Farthing (Colin Welland) and his fellow students, Billy finally finds a positive purpose to his unhappy existence, until tragedy strikes.


Kes is a 1969 British film from director Ken Loach and producer Tony Garnett. The film is based on the novel A Kestrel for a Knave written by the Barnsley-born author Barry Hines in 1968. The film is ranked seventh in the British Film Institute''s Top Ten (British) Films[1] and among the top ten in its list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14.

The film focuses on 15-year-old Billy Casper, who has little hope in life and is bullied both at home, by his physically and verbally abusive half-brother, Judd, as well as at school. He is mischievous himself; he steals milk from milk floats, gets other students into trouble and generally fights and misbehaves. Billy comes over as an emotionally neglected boy with little self-respect. Billy''s mother refers to him in the film as a "hopeless case". His father is dead.
The film shows scenes of Billy''s school. The headmaster canes a group of boys who were caught smoking. One scene of comic relief in an otherwise bleak film is of a gym teacher (played by Brian Glover) taking part in a football game, fantasising about himself as Bobby Charlton and commentating on the match in his head.



 

 





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