The Old Oak

Dir: Ken Loach
Cast: Dave Turner, Ebla Mari
113 mins

Ken Loach’s searing drama rounds off the Northern Trilogy that began with I, Daniel Blake and Sorry We Missed You.

Rumoured to be the final film of acclaimed British director Ken Loach, The Old Oak is a moving and powerful drama that shows the ways fear and hope can define and drive a community. In a northern former mining town, pub landlord TJ keeps the pub The Old Oak running thanks to a handful of loyal regulars. He observes their increasing frustrations at the deprivation in their local community, and the simmering tension that forms around the arrival of several refugee Syrian families who have been housed in the area. That anger is exacerbated when TJ strikes up an unlikely friendship with Yara, a young Syrian photographer.

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