Ken Loach (1969)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Ken Loach seems to acquire a surer mastery of his art with each picture, yet this, one of his earliest features, is still one of his best. Adapted from Barry Hines's "grim up north" novel A Kestrel for a Knave, it has such a ring of authenticity that you can almost smell the chips. As ever, Loach coaxes remarkable performances from his cast, with Freddie Fletcher epitomising bullying big brotherhood and Brian Glover caricaturing every games teacher who never made it. Outstanding, however, is David Bradley as the teenager who finds solace in a baby kestrel from the pain of his dysfunctional family life and the torment of school.


A shy boy in a northern mining town finds his dreary and depressing life taking on a deeper meaning when he finds a baby kestrel and decides to keep it as a pet. Ken Loach's British drama, starring David Bradley, Colin Welland, Lynne Perrie, Freddie Fletcher and Brian Glover.

Cast & Crew

Billy Casper David Bradley (3)
Mr Farthing Colin Welland
Mrs Casper Lynne Perrie
Jud Freddie Fletcher
Mr Sugden Brian Glover
Mr Gryce Bob Bowes
Mr Crossley Trevor Hasketh
Farmer Eric Bolderson
Mathematics teacher Geoffrey Banks
Librarian Zoe Sunderland
Mrs Casper's friend Joe Miller
Comedian at pub Joey Kaye
Director Ken Loach
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Park CircusAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 9 Sep 2011