Ken Loach’s Spirit of 45

Taking Soundings will be screening this important new film by Ken Loach on Wednesday 8th May at 7pm in the Rose Bowl, Leeds Metropolitan University, Lecture Theatre C.  (The Rose Bowl is adjacent to the Civic Hall, accessible from Woodhouse Lane).

We are very grateful for the support of the School of Cultural Studies at Leeds Met for this screening.


Spirit of 45

You are invited to stay for a discussion afterwards.

Reviews of the film include:

Ken Loach’s nostalgic homage to the birth of the welfare state and Beveridge spirit is salutary for our age of austerity – Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian

A salutary reminder of exactly what Ken Loach is for – says Tim Robey in the Telegraph

The spirit of 45 – where did it go? asks Yvonne Roberts in the Observer


Ken Loach talks to Time Out about  cinema as an act of rebellion

Everyone is welcome.  The event is free but a collection will be taken.

3 thoughts on “Ken Loach’s Spirit of 45

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    April 26, 2013 at 10:11am

    Have you got a link to the trailer – it’s good.

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    April 26, 2013 at 3:19pm

    Our showing is listed on the Spirit of ’45 web-site: check out for other screenings.

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    May 8, 2013 at 10:19pm

    Great turnout for the screening tonight – at least 100 people. Very well received. My initial thoughts are (a) it was good to include the critique (from Tony Benn and others) of nationalisation as a top-down reform, without a trace of workers control, (b) it was a bit economistic: what about the social, cultural & political currents that were unleashed in that period after the war? and (c) why was the only black person in the film just one man, in a crowd, looking backwards? Surely those early arrivals (Windrush and after) who worked in the hospitals in transport could have added an interesting commentary to those heady times? But still, thanks a million to Ken Loach for keeping a socialist flag flying. We now need a film that looks forward, and critically, at the socialist project.

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