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09/08/2007

Ken Loach To Premiere Latest Film On Channel 4

Channel 4 has announced that acclaimed British director Ken Loach’s new drama, "It's A Free World..." will be broadcast in late September.
The feature is the latest collaboration from the Palme d’Or winning director Ken Loach, writer Paul Laverty and producer Rebecca O’Brien. The 90 minute film is a drama rooted in the world of illegal employment in contemporary Britain, and stars newcomers and Loach discoveries, Kierston Wareing and Juliet Ellis.
Angie has little formal education but has three vital ingredients surging through her bloodstream; energy, wit, and ambition. She’s tired of being messed around by her chauvinistic bosses at the recruitment agency where she finds Polish workers low-paid jobs in the UK. When she walks out of her job, she has a point to prove to all those who know her. Angie begins work in a twilight zone between gang masters and employment agencies. This is a tale set against the background of flexible labour, globalisation, double shifts and lots of happy consumers.
Ken Loach stated: “The scandal of exploitation is known – for those who want to know. So it’s not breaking new ground in terms of ‘Shock horror, look what’s happening’. What we’re more concerned about is just to challenge this prevailing wisdom that ruthless entrepreneurship is the way that this society should develop – that everything is a deal, everything is competitive, acquisitive, market-orientated and that’s the way we should live. It seeks out exploitation. It produces monsters.”
Channel 4 Head of Drama, Liza Marshall added: “Ken Loach is a unique talent in British filmmaking, and Channel 4 is delighted to welcome him back to television after a succession of hugely acclaimed films. It's A Free World... fits perfectly with Channel 4’s tradition of broadcasting distinctive, provocative and authored single dramas that take an intelligent look at the way we live today.”
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