Though he undoubtedly has his critics accusing his films being idealized director Ken Loach’s films have always had a deep rooted humanity and warmth for its characters and his latest continues that theme with the release of The Old Oak trailer
Starring Dave Turner (Sorry We Missed You) and newcomer Ebla Mari, THE OLD OAK had its World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival 2023 and the film sees BAFTA-winning director Loach return to the North East following his previous two films I, Daniel Blake, winner of the Palme d’Or and BAFTA Outstanding British Film awards, and Sorry We Missed You which both also shot in the region. Shooting took place across County Durham last year in locations including Murton, Easington Colliery and Horden.
THE OLD OAK is a special place. Not only is it the last pub standing, but it’s also the only remaining public space where people can meet in a once thriving mining community that has now fallen on hard times after 30 years of decline. TJ Ballantyne (Dave Turner) the landlord hangs on to The Old Oak by his fingertips, and his predicament is endangered even more when the pub becomes contested territory after the arrival of Syrian refugees who are placed in the village without any notice. In an unlikely friendship TJ meets a curious young Syrian Yara [Ebla Mari] with her camera. Can they find a way for the two communities to understand each other? So unfolds a deeply moving drama about their fragilities and hopes.
THE OLD OAK is directed by BAFTA winner Ken Loach, written by BAFTA winner Paul Laverty and produced by BAFTA winner Rebecca O’Brien all of whom continue their long-time collaboration.
The Old Oak will be released nationwide in UK & Irish cinemas on 29th September 2023.
related feature: Director Ken Loach talks about, ‘I, Daniel Blake’
related feature: ‘Sorry We Missed You’ – DVD / DIGITAL DOWNLOAD reviewed
Here’s The Old Oak trailer….