Film: Kes (1969)


  • Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinksy Building, University of Plymouth

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This season we are exploring landscapes with leading Photographer, Jem Southam, and have arranged a variety of films, talks and workshops to accompany his Exhibition: Birds, Rocks, Rivers, Islands in The Levinsky Gallery from Fri 18 Jan - Sat 16 Mar. 

In Ken Loach’s iconic film, Kes, Billy Casper suffers abuse both at home and at school. At home his brother beats him, and his family neglects him. 

At school, most of his teachers ridicule and reject him, especially sadistic Mr Sugden. Like other downtrodden children in an outmoded social system, Billy appears headed for a menial job with no future and with no motivation and nothing to look forward to, until the day he finds a wild kestrel. The bird, a fledgling, is akin to the boy, who must withstand winds of his own. He raises, nurtures, and trains the falcon and its wildness and beauty gives him a joy and hope that his life could be different.

Director: Ken Loach
Cast: David Bradley, Brian Glover, Lynne Perrie, Colin Welland
Running time: 113 mins
Cert: U

Date: Monday 11 February
Time: 19:00
Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema
Ticket information: £6/£4.20/Friends free/UoP students free via SPiA/18’s and under free via YAP

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Today's events

Exhibition: Birds, Rocks, Rivers, Islands

Renowned for his series of colour landscape photographs, we are delighted to welcome Jem Southam, a leading UK photographer and Professor Emeritus of Photography at the University of Plymouth, to The Levinsky Gallery from 18 January - 16 March.

Southam's subjects are predominately situated in the South West of England and in this exhibition Jem will show for the first time, a number of smaller studies which he has been making while travelling and walking over the past few years. 

This is a partnership exhibition delivered by The Arts Institute and The Box, Plymouth. Find out more about the exhibition.

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