Magazine article New Internationalist

Raining Stones

Magazine article New Internationalist

Raining Stones

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Ken Loach can always be relied upon to passionately tell it like it is. Since his groundbreaking TV play Cathy Come Home was broadcast in the 1960s he has been committed to investigating the lives of those in Britain who have been disenfranchised through class and economic disparity. His latest film, Raining Stones -- written by Jim Allen, who has a similar track record in TV films like Days of Hope and The Spongers -- is no less harsh an indictment of social inequality.

Set in a rundown housing estate in Oldham, it follows an out - of - work couple's attempts to find money to buy their daughter a confirmation outfit. The documentary style and the exceptional cast of actors mostly new to film give the story a wholly naturalistic edge. It is a sadly simple tale that speaks volumes about contemporary British society. …

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