Kes (re: 2011)

In a brand new restoration from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, KES is back on the big screen from 9 September.Set in Yorkshire, this moving drama focuses on Billy, a young working class boy, who is bullied both at home and in school, and whose expectations lead no further than following his brother into the pit as a coal miner when he grows up. Everything changes when he finds a young Kestrel falcon, whom he names 'Kes' and starts training. Helped and encouraged by his English teacher and fellow students, Billy finally finds a positive purpose to his unhappy existence, until tragedy strikes.Regularly cited as one of the best British films of all time, KES was the first of a series of collaborations with writer Barry Hines. Based on Hines' novel 'A Kestrel for a Knave', directed by Ken Loach and produced by Tony Garnett, the classic title features an assortment of British talent including David Bradley, Colin Welland, Lynne Perrie, Freddie Fletcher, Brian Glover and Bob Bowes. Originally released in 1969, the film won two BAFTA Awards for 'Best Supporting Actor' (Colin Welland) and 'Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles (David Bradley).Now re-released by Park Circus, KES will screen as an Extended Run at BFI Southbank in London this Autumn, as part of the BFI's Ken Loach retrospective in celebration of the director's 75th birthday and 50-year career in film and TV.KES will be back in cinemas from Friday 9 September, opening at BFI Southbank, Irish Film Institute (Dublin) and key cities.

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UK Release Date: 
Fri, 09/09/2011
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110 Mins

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