Previously Unseen Ken Loach Film set to air in September

The controversial Save the Children film, funded and then banned by Save the Children, is set to be publicly viewed for the first time in over 40 years as part of BFI’s celebration for Ken Loach’s 75th birthday.


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It has been recently revealed that Ken Loach’s film “Save the Children” is due to be aired publicly for the first time this year – over 40 years since the film’s creation in 1969. Originally created to be a film celebrating Save the Children’s 50th anniversary it soon became apparent that while Save the Children thought they were funding a film to advertise and celebrate their years, Loach was in-fact directing an hour long exposé showing the charity to have a hidden abusive and bigoted side (Beck. S, 2011). No strangers to controversy Loach’s films have long been famed for their exposure of the issues facing the underdogs of society made the director an odd choice. The charity was originally so unhappy with the film that they partitioned for the destruction of the negatives, however, a single copy was saved by Loach’s lawyer Irving Teitelbaum under the premise that it would never be seen by the public held within the BFI national Archive (Gritten.D, 2011). The film which includes interviews with various members of the charity and surrounding communities aims to evoke debate. The film uses contrasts and commentary to bring to light issues that surrounded charity work at the time. Such an example might be commentary from different figures including those who disapprove of the use of solely English in selective African schools disallowing African languages to be spoken on the campuses stating it isolates the children from their society (Beck. S, 2011).

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