BFI to screen unseen Ken Loach film

Director's controversial Save the Children documentary to receive its first airing this September

The BFI will play host to the first ever screening of an unseen Ken Loach documentary this September as part of a retrospective season of the film-maker’s work.


The unearthed film was commissioned by Save the Children in 1969 to mark the organisation’s 50th anniversary but was shelved by the charity, which disagreed with the film’s political content and refused it a public screening.

Loach’s film, which explores the politics of class, race and charity, was originally destined to be aired on LWT before its withdrawal, but has only ever been seen by a handful of BFI archivists.

However, the charity has now relented and allowed the film to be screened alongside the director’s other work.

The Institute’s Loach season will include an exhibition, regional tour and education programme alongside screenings of films like Kes and The Wind That Shakes the Barley.


Ken Loach is a director renowned for his naturalistic style and socialist politics, who got his break directing the TV series Z Cars in 1964, before going on to make his mark in theatre, film and television.