Bath movie director Ken Loach hosts Political Incorrectness Night at Mayday Trust Park
Movie director Ken Loach will host an evening in Bath showing three films of his which have in the past been banned.
The Political Incorrectness Night at Bath City’s Mayday Trust Park next month will raise money for his beloved football club.
The event on Friday February 1 will show clips from The Save the Children Fund, Which Side Are You On? and Questions of Leadership, with discussions on the three pieces afterwards.
The Save The Children Fund film was commissioned by the charity in conjunction with London Weekend Television in 1969. But Loach’s profile ended up portraying class prejudice in the way aid and funding was administered in Kenya, and was mothballed. It was shown for the first time in 2011 with the charity’s blessing.
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Which Side Are You On? was a South Bank Show special reflecting the miners’ strike of 1984 through songs and poems, which was banned for a year by LWT for being political rather than artistic.
Questions of Leadership was a four-part documentary series about the failure of trade union leaders to organise against the attacks on their movement by Margaret Thatcher. It had been due to be shown on Channel 4 in 1982 but was withdrawn after pressure by union leaders. A year later it was announced that the programmes were never to be shown.
The event has been organised by the Bath City Supporters Society, which said: “All these documentaries will spark great debate on a number of topics from political and social issues to the practice of the television documentary.”
Doors open at 7pm, with the films starting start at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 for adults, with a concessionary price of £8, and can be bought from the club on 01225 313247 or from email@example.com.
Mr Loach takes to the Bristol Old Vic Studio this month as one of four actors rotating performances of Iranian Nassim Soleimanpour’s play White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, about being banned from leaving your country.
The four will not see the play until shortly before their performances, instead they will be handed a sealed envelope and asked to read cold. The play runs from January 16 to January 19.
Mr Loach will perform on Saturday. The others to take on the role are theatre maker Annabel Arden, actors Akiya Henry and Simon Shepherd.
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit is suitable for audiences over the age of 12. Performances will begin at 8pm each evening and tickets cost £12 with concessions available.
For further information and to book online visit www.bristololdvic.org.uk.