(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
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?
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.