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Monday, May 29, 2006

Newsflash: British Geography Teacher Gets Mistaken For Cannes Prize Winner


It had to happen someday, I suppose. Ken, with a film about some 1920’s Irish Rebels, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, has managed to walk away with the Palme D’or, Cannes top prize.

What worked for Ken? Well an anti-British anti-imperialist film worked. A jury with fellow British left-wingers Tim Roth and Helena Bonham Carter worked. Mediocre or average films from Richard Kelly, Sofia Coppola, and Pedro Almodovar also worked. But mostly, a lifetime of these sorts of images worked:

Not to begrudge Ken his due. I haven’t seen the film yet, but by all accounts it is a great, sympathetic telling of the beginnings of the Irish Republican Army, with the lone survivor from 28 days Later -Cillian O'Murphy- taking centre stage. However, at the 8th time of entering, it must surely also be recognition for a lifetime of fantastic film-making. Or is that too cynical?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am going to see The Wind That Shakes etc at a preview tonight & have also entered a comp for "one to one" interview w Ken Loach. No probs w his anti-imperialist, anti-war stance but would love to ask him what he feels about fellow member of Respect, George Galloway M>P> recent behaviour on Celebrity Big Brother.

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