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Shooting begins on Ken Loach’s next feature, ‘The Old Oak’

by Paul Heath

STUDIOCANAL has just revealed that filming has commenced on Ken Loach’s next film, another team-up with frequent collaborator Paul Laverty. The Old Oak begins shooting today in the North East of England and will be released by STUDIOCANAL in the UK in 2023.

Ken Loach headshot Paul Crowther – Image provided by STUDIOCANAL

Here’s the official synopsis as provided by STUDIOCANAL in the official press release.

THE OLD OAK is a special place. Not only is it the last pub standing, but it’s also the only remaining public space where people can meet in a once thriving mining community that has now fallen on hard times after 30 years of decline. TJ Ballantyne (Dave Turner) the landlord hangs on to The Old Oak by his fingertips, and his predicament is endangered even more when the pub becomes contested territory after the arrival of Syrian refugees who are placed in the village without any notice. In an unlikely friendship TJ meets a curious young Syrian Yara (Ebla Mari) with her camera. Can they find a way for the two communities to understand each other? So unfolds a deeply moving drama about their fragilities and hopes.

The film is directed by BAFTA winner Ken Loach, written by BAFTA winner Paul Laverty, and is produced by BAFTA winner Rebecca O’Brien for Sixteen Films. All of whom continue their acclaimed long-time collaboration following films including Sorry We Missed YouI, Daniel Blake and Looking for Eric.

More as it comes our way.

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