David Bradley
Director: Ken Loach Cast: David Bradley
David Bradley
, Freddie Fletcher
Freddie Fletcher
, Lynne Perrie
Lynne Perrie
Ken Loach


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In this 1969 Ken Loach film, a 15-year-old named Billy Casper (played by acting newcomer David Bradley) suffers abuse both at home and at school in Yorkshire, England. At his home in the working-class section of Barnsley, Billy's brother beats him and his family neglects him. At school, most of his teachers ridicule and reject him, especially sadistic Mr. Sugden (Brian Glover. Like other downtrodden children in an outmoded social system favoring the ruling class, Billy appears headed for a menial job with no future. Consequently, he has no motivation and nothing to look forward to, until the day he finds a kestrel -- a European falcon with the ability to hover against strong wind. The bird, a fledgling, is akin to the boy, who must withstand winds of his own. It is not surprising, therefore, that Billy finds meaning in befriending and caring for the baby kestrel. He raises, nurtures, and trains the falcon, whom he calls "Kes." Its development gives him hope that he too will one day develop, that he too will gain the skills to fly against the wind. Then Billy opts to spend his brother's track money on food for Kes, which sets the stage for a grave disagreement betwen the young men and an unhappy outcome.

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/19/2011
UPC: 0715515070515
Original Release: 1969
Source: Criterion Collection
Time: 1:51:00
Sales rank: 14,411

Special Features

Making "Kes," a new documentary featuring Loach, Menges, Produce Tony Garnett, and Actor David Bradley; The Southbank Show: "Keith Loach," a 1993 Profile; Cathy Come Home (1966), an Early Television feature by Loach, with an afterword by Film Writer Graham Fuller; Alternate, internationally released soundtrack, with postsync dialogue; ; Original Theatrical Trailer; ; Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by Fuller

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Bradley Billy Casper
Freddie Fletcher Jud
Lynne Perrie Mrs. Casper
Colin Welland Mr. Farthing
Brian Glover Mr. Sugden
David Glover Tibbutt
Joey Kaye Comedian at Pub
Bill Dean Fish and Chip Shop Man
Harry Markham Actor
Bob Bowes Actor

Technical Credits
Ken Loach Director,Screenwriter
John Cameron Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Daphne Dare Costumes/Costume Designer
Tony Garnett Producer,Screenwriter
Barry Hines Screenwriter
Gerry Humphreys Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Jackson Sound/Sound Designer
William McCrow Art Director
Chris Menges Cinematographer
Roy Watts Editor

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