Versus is a funny, provocative and revealing account of the life and career of one of Britain’s foremost filmmakers, Ken Loach, as he turns eighty and looks back at over fifty years of filmmaking.
Filmmakers: Louise Osmond
Runtime: 93 mins
VERSUS presents a surprisingly candid behind-the-scenes account of Ken Loach’s career as he prepares to release his latest feature film I, DANIEL BLAKE, later this year.
Director Louise Osmond was granted exclusive access on set and uses this as a starting point to look at Loach’s career, from his first job as understudy in a Kenneth Williams revue to ground-breaking TV dramas like Up The Junction and Cathy Come Home and later as an award- winning feature director of films like Kes, Riff-Raff, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, and The Angels’ Share. As well as inter-views with Loach, Osmond talks with a host of his friends, adversaries, actors and collaborators.
This year will see Ken Loach celebrate his 80th birthday, release his 50th major work and commemorate Cathy Come Home’s 50th anniversary in November. VERSUS is more than just a document of Loach’s work but a playful study on the process and struggles of creating such a unique body of work.
I, DANIEL BLAKE won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Director LOUISE OSMOND started her career as a journalist before moving into documentaries. Her recent work includes Dark Horse, winner of the International Documentary Audience Award at Sundance 2015 and BIFA for Best Documentary. Other work includes the BAFTA-nominated, RTS-winning Richard III – The King in the Car Park; Deep Water, selected for Telluride, winner of a Grierson Award and Best Documentary at the Rome Film Festival and The Beckoning Silence, winner of an International Emmy and the Grand Jury Prize at the Banff Mountain Film Festival and the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival.
"A timely, if not golden, opportunity to examine Loach afresh, and Louise Osmond’s 93-minute film doesn’t disappoint." - ScreenDaily
"An insightful, surprising and moving portrait of a quiet man with a will of steel" ★★★★ - Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"A fitting and satisfying tribute" ★★★★ - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
"Excellent" ★★★★ - The Independent
Classic Film of the Week ★★★★ - The Times
"A fascinating and witty insight into the life of Ken Loach" ★★★★ - The Huffington Post
"A warm, engaging portrait" ★★★★ - Irish Times
Director: Louise Osmond
Producer: Rebecca O’Brien
Editor: Joby Gee
Composer: Roger Goula
Director of Photography: Roger Chapman
Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival 2016
Festival del film Locarno 2016
DOC NYC 2016
Vancouver Film Festival 2016
Jihlava IDFF 2016
Sao Paulo Film Festival 2016
Lumiere Film Festival 2016
Stockholm Film Festival 2016
Film Fest Ghent 2016