Special Bath showing of Ken Loach's new film The Angels' Share
Following its introduction at the Cannes Film Festival last month there will be a special showing of Bath film director Ken Loach's new film The Angels' Share (15) in Bath tomorrow night to help raise money for Bath City Supporters Society.
The special showing takes place at the city's Little Theatre at 6pm followed by a question and answer session with Ken.
At Cannes in France the film won the coveted Jury Prize before going on to have its British premier in Glasgow.
Fresh back from Cannes, just before the Glasgow showing, Ken said: "We're quite nervous because this is the most critical audience. The audience in Cannes was very nice but this is the really big one, because if they rate it here then we know we're okay.
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"With these characters you could tell a serious story or tell a comedy, and they make you smile. Humour is a kind of resistance really, a human adversity, and they sure have their fair share of adversity.
"It's universal humour in some ways, and it's very special to Glasgow in other ways.
"I think the way some of the lines fall out is very Glaswegian but the humour is based on the characters and the characters are universal."
The film tells the story of an unemployed young offender locked in a family feud from which he cannot seem to find a way out.
When his baby son is born, he decides to turn things around and, after meeting a group of friends while on community service for assault, he discovers he has a skill for whisky tasting.
Described as a "bittersweet comedy", The Angels' Share tackles some of the grittier realities of life like youth unemployment.
Says Chronicle film reviewer Damon Smith: "Over the past 40 years, award-winning Ken Loach's naturalistic portraits of social realism have been drenched in the soured milk of human unkindness.
"As Ken prepares to turn 76, he is evidently mellowing in old age because The Angels' Share is one of his most upbeat, crowd-pleasing slices of life. Clearly, the film struck a chord with the esteemed jury in Cannes the weekend before last – they awarded the feature their coveted prize.
"The emphasis in this bittersweet modern-day fable is on the sweet as community service reprobate Robbie (Paul Brannigan) and fellow attendees Albert (Gary Maitland), Rhino (William Ruane) and Mo (Jasmin Riggins) hatch a hare-brained plan to steal four bottles of the most expensive whisky in the world, rumoured to be worth £1 million at auction.
"The wastrels already have an eager buyer lined up – connoisseur Thaddeus (Roger Allam) – who will pay handsomely for the intoxicating nectar, which he will then sell on to his wealthy clients.
"All Robbie and his pals have to do is keep their illegal plan secret from their community service supervisor (John Henshaw) and avoid detection at the highland distillery, where the whisky is under 24-hour guard.
"Taking its title from the two per cent of whisky that evaporates through an oak cask during the ageing process, The Angels' Share is a heart-warming delight.
"Loach distils excellent performances from his ensemble cast and screenwriter Paul Laverty underscores touching sentiment with raw emotion and earthy humour, such as when the lads don kilts for their adventure up north and the traditional attire does not agree with Albert. 'My meat and two veg are taking a hammering here!' he complains bitterly as the heat and his sporran take their toll."
Following tomorrow night's special screening the Little Theatre in Bath will be showing four screenings of The Angels' Share each day for the following week.