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Ken Loach
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Born
Kenneth Charles Loach

17 June 1936 (1936-06-17) (age 83)
Alma mater St Peter's College, Oxford
Years active 1962–present
Political party Labour
Spouse(s)
Lesley Ashton (m. 1962)
Children 5

Kenneth Charles Loach (born 17 June 1936) is an English director of television and independent film. His socially critical directing style and socialist ideals are evident in his film treatment of social issues such as poverty (Poor Cow, 1967), homelessness (Cathy Come Home, 1966) and labour rights (Riff-Raff, 1991, and The Navigators, 2001).

Loach's film Kes (1969) was voted the seventh greatest British film of the 20th century in a poll by the British Film Institute. Two of his films, The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) and I, Daniel Blake (2016) received the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, making him the ninth filmmaker to win the award twice.

Personal life and honours

Loach lives with his wife, Lesley, in Bath. His son Jim Loach has also become a television and film director. A younger son died in a car accident, aged five, and he also has another son and two daughters, one of whom is Emma Loach (born 1972), a documentary film maker who is married to the actor Elliot Levey.

Loach is a patron of the British Humanist Association. Loach turned down an OBE in 1977.

Loach has been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Bath, the University of Birmingham, Staffordshire University, and Keele University. Oxford University awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law degree in June 2005. In May 2006, he was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship at the BAFTA TV Awards.

In 2003, Loach received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University and received the 2003 Praemium Imperiale in the category Film/Theatre. In 2014, he was presented with the Honorary Golden Bear at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.

The Raindance Film Festival announced in September 2016 that it would be honoring Loach with its inaugural Auteur Award, to recognise his achievements in film-making and contribution to the film industry.

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