The Spirit Of '45 Cert. U Picture house at FACT

  • Running time98 minutes
  • DirectorKen Loach

Barely pausing for breath after his trenchant Scottish comedy THE ANGELS’ SHARE, Ken Loach returns to documentary for the first time since 2005’s McLIBEL for THE SPIRIT OF ’45. The title refers to the last year of World War Two, when Britain’s Labour government rallied the nation to rebuild its battered economy.

An unabashed socialist, Loach believes that “Generosity, mutual support and cooperation were the watchwords of the age. It is time to remember the determination of those who were intent on building a better world.” To that end he trawled local and national film archives for rarely seen footage of the newly nationalised industries and the infant National Health Service, melding it with interviews and sound recordings to create a fascinating and moving account of a time too easily forgotten by those who now live comfortably on its legacy.

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