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(De Laurentis Entertainment Group/Kestrel Films)

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: Julien Temple,
  • Writers: Julie Brown, Charlie Coffey, Terence McNally

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(Paramount)

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: Roland Joffe,
  • Writers: Roland Joffe, Bruce Robinson

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(Kestrel Films/Anglo-EMI)

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: Ken Loach,
  • Writer: David Mercer

‘A typical reaction was a snigger… I was making a film about the wrong kind of bird’

In the Swinging Sixties, nobody wanted to finance a gritty northern drama about a boy and his kestrel. But the makers of Kes persisted and the result was a British classic. Akin Ojumu discovers the inside story

First published in The Guardian, Sunday August 29, 1999

Tony Garnett: I had read Barry Hines’s first book, The Blinder, about a young footballer and liked it. I was producing the Wednesday play at the BBC and I asked him if he fancied doing one.

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Football is about family

I wrote this seeing my granddaughter in an Aston Villa shirt. Aila’s three. I wish Barry Hines had read it. He would have understood. Why do so many of us give pain to our children? We knowingly condemn them to suffer, year after year. Then watch this pain with pride. Are you one of the guilty parents?

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(Kestrel Films/United Artists/Woodfall)

A young Yorkshire boy takes new interest in life through his respect and love for the kestrel he trains, Kes.

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: Ken Loach,
  • Writers: Barry Hines, Tony Garnett, Ken Loach

Off-Cut: Kes – the football scene

After my last post, ‘Football is about family‘, I was asked ‘Do you have any memorable moments from filming the football scene in Kes?’ Here’s my answer…

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(Kestrel Films)

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: Tony Garnett,
  • Writer: Tony Garnett

Saying goodbye to Barry Hines

We buried Barry Hines’ body and shared memories of the man. His funeral shook me, ambushing me in that way only funerals can.

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Beautiful Thing

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(World Productions/Channel 4)

  • Executive Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Producer: Bill Shapter,
  • Director: Hettie MacDonald,
  • Writer: Jonathon Harvey
Prostitute 1980

Off-Cut: Prostitute

For some months I’d been researching the life of prostitutes, both street girls (they called themselves “girls”) and the more expensive call girls. I’d been struck by a remark Trotsky made on the nature of work, to the effect that a worker on the factory line can go home and forget it till the next day, even think about something else when doing repetitive work on the line, but a lawyer, say, or a management executive,

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(Kestrel Films)

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: Ken Loach,
  • Writer: Ken Loach
Beautiful Thing

Off-Cut: Beautiful Thing

One evening I went to The Bush to check up on a new play by Jonathan Harvey, Beautiful Thing. I’d not been to the theatre for a while and wasn’t looking forward to a couple of hours on their hard seats being shouted at. I knew I’d be hungry for dinner. But I was entranced. This story of two teenage boys coming out as gay, first to each other and then to others, was delicate,

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AKA Deep in the Heart
(Warner)

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: Tony Garnett,
  • Writer: Tony Garnett

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(Warner/World Film Services/Children’s Television Workshop)

  • Producer: Tony Garnett,
  • Director: Ken Kwapis,
  • Writers: Tony Geiss, Judy Freudberg