About the Film
"An expertly judged and profoundly humane movie... You'd have to be made of stone not to be moved to your core by it." David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
How does working in the lower reaches of the growing gig economy affect people’s family ties? Globally acclaimed director Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty explore this vital issue in a powerful story focused on a British working class family, the Turners. Ricky and Abbie Turner lost their home as a result of the sub-prime mortgage crisis in the late 2000s. Now, a decade later, Ricky tries to offset their mounting debts and help support their two school-age children by becoming a “self-employed” delivery driver. Meanwhile, Abbie works increasingly unpredictable hours as a home-care nurse. Loach and Laverty draw on extensive research to dramatize the cascading problems these kinds of labor can generate in the relationships that people value most. Their insights about the experiences of essential workers and the ways they’re treated have, of course, become even more relevant and pressing in the context of our current crisis.
- British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 2019, Nominee for Outstanding British Film of the Year
- Ljubljana International Film Festival, 2019, Best Feature, Youth Jury Award
- San Sebastián International Film Festival, 2019, Best European Film, Audience Award
- St. Louis International Film Festival, 2019, Best Narrative Feature
About the Director
Ken Loach is an English filmmaker with a global reputation for incisive films on issues such as poverty, homelessness, and labor rights. His film Kes (1969) was voted the seventh greatest British film of the twentieth century in a poll by the British Film Institute. Two of his films, The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) and I, Daniel Blake (2016), have received the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, making him only the ninth filmmaker to win the award twice.