Magazine article Screen International

Ken Loach: "The Barbarians Are at the Door"

Magazine article Screen International

Ken Loach: "The Barbarians Are at the Door"

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Veteran UK filmmaker Ken Loach delivered an impassioned keynote on the subject of European solidarity and Brexit after the European Film Academy's general assembly on Saturday morning (10 Dec) in Wroclaw.

Voicing similar sentiments to those expressed during a speech given before the European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education in October, Loach asked: Ïs it true that the European Union doesn't stand for the interests of the people, but for the interests of big corporations, that it has been a central contributing factor to the British leaving and to the problems we see around us...or is [the EU] a benign organisation which will work for the benefit of the people - or is it working against the interests of the people?

The two-time Palme d'Or winner argued that it was "not enough" for European filmmakers to make humane, thoughtful, imaginative, compassionate and caring films as a way of responding to the social and economic ills besetting the EU such as the increase in numbers of food banks and the phenomenon of in-work poverty. …

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