Filmmaker Ken Loach’s (The Wind That Shakes the Barley) thought-provoking drama centers on Angie (Kierston Wareing), a recently fired job recruiter who decides to launch her own employment agency out of her apartment, together with her flatmate Rose. Catering to the local immigrants who are desperately seeking work, Angie’s business quickly booms, but she soon must rationalize the compromises she makes to turn a buck.
Unlike virtually all his contemporaries, Ken Loach has never succumbed to the siren call of Hollywood, and it’s virtually impossible to imagine his particular brand of British socialist realism translating well to that context. After studying law at St. Peter’s College, Oxford, he branched out into the theater, performing with a touring repertory company. This led to television, where in alliance with producer ‘Tony Garnett’ he produced a series of docudramas, most notably the devastating “Cathy Come Home” episode of “The Wednesday Play” (1964), whose impact was so massive that it led directly to a change in the homeless laws. He made his feature debut Poor Cow (1967) the following year, and with “Kes”, he produced what is now acclaimed as one of the finest films ever made in Britain. However, the following two decades saw his career in the doldrums with his films poorly distributed (despite the obvious quality of work such as The Gamekeeper (1968) (TV) and Looks and Smiles (1981… read more