Kes

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Movie
(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

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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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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‘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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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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