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.

COMPLETED

Filmmakers: Louise Osmond
Country: UK
Runtime: 93 mins
Year: 2016
Format: HD




STORY

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.


FILMMAKER

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. 


PRESS

"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


CREDITS

Director: Louise Osmond

Producer: Rebecca O’Brien

Editor: Joby Gee

Composer: Roger Goula

Director of Photography: Roger Chapman


FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

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