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Trailer for Ken Loach’s new film, ‘The Old Oak’

A trailer has debuted for Ken Loach’s new film, The Old Oak. The film had a premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and sees LOach reunite with his I, Daniel Blake screenwriter, Paul Laverty.

he film sees BAFTA-winning director Loach return to the North East following his previous two films I, Daniel Blake, winner of the Palme d’Or and BAFTA Outstanding British Film awards, and Sorry We Missed You which both also shot in the region. Shooting took place across County Durham last year in locations including Murton, Easington Colliery and Horden.

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 feature is currently scheduled for release in the UK On September 29th.

Here’s the trailer.


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