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The Old Oak (15)

A man uses a long pole to try fix a falling letter on a sign for a derelict pub.

Ken Loach's community drama draws a formidable comparison between refugees escaping war in the Middle East and those trying to survive in Britain's forgotten towns. 

Ken Loach, known for his brave and unwavering depictions of those let down and scunnered by the failing systems, is back with his latest film. Set in Northern England, The Old Oak is in equal parts an interrogation of British xenophobia and an ode to the power of community. 

Written with his long-time collaborator Paul Laverty, this film is the last in Loach's trilogy that shines a strong and moral beacon on the failings of the government, with this film focussing on the radicalisation that is being exponentially fuelled by social media, and the long-lasting, generational problems found around the country that we must face, together.

Based around a pub in a used-to-be mining town, The Old Oak is one of those rare films that you will leave speechless, but that you will not be able to stop talking about for weeks afterwards. 

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UK 2023 dir Ken Loach 113 min

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