Wednesday 14 June 2006 21:30-22:15 (Radio 3)
Ken Loach discusses his work as it has evolved over five decades, why he couldn't pursue a career as an actor and the influence of George Formby.
On Night Waves Matthew Sweet talks to a unique film-maker.
Ken Loach has been involved in the British cultural landscape for so long he is almost a part of the furniture and yet his many films and documentaries have often caused discomfort. While fans credit him with changing the country with films like Cathy Come Home that brought the subject of homelessness to the forefront of national debate, his latest, The Wind that Shakes the Barley has been accused by his critics of carrying anti-British sentiment.
Matthew Sweet talks to him about growing up as a grammar school boy in Nuneaton fascinated equally by the variety acts of his holidays in Blackpool and the Shakespeare at Stratford , which he would cycle 60 miles to see most Saturdays.
As he approaches his 70th birthday, Ken Loach talks to Matthew about his work as it has evolved over five decades, why he couldn't pursue a career as an actor and the influence of George Formby.
The Wind that Shakes the Barley is in cinemas from Friday 23rd June, certificate 15