StudioCanal has dropped the initial trailer for the last directorial work by Ken Loach, promising as always, to tug at our heartstrings. The acclaimed director, known for his provocative and politically charged cinema, makes a comeback with his new project, The Old Oak. This movie explores the intricate aspects of racial tension, immigration, and the essence of solidarity in present-day Britain.
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Within the storyline of The Old Oak, the audience meets TJ Ballantyne (played by Dave Turner), the proprietor of an established but financially struggling pub. It’s through his interaction with Yari (portrayed by Ebla Mari), a refugee, that TJ sets off on a transformative journey filled with friendship, comprehension, and empathy. Together, they traverse the difficult dynamics of a polarized society, highlighting the importance of unity and kindness in the face of challenges. This kind of social commentary has been a staple in Loach’s narratives since the 1960s. The official synopsis of the film states:
The Old Oak is no ordinary place. It’s not only the last pub in operation but also the sole public area where individuals can gather in a once-prosperous mining community that has fallen into decay over the last three decades. TJ Ballantyne (Dave Turner), the pub’s landlord, barely manages to keep The Old Oak afloat. His situation worsens when the pub turns into disputed territory following the sudden settlement of Syrian refugees in the village.
A peculiar friendship emerges when TJ encounters a young Syrian, Yara [Ebla Mari], and her camera. Can they pave the path for mutual understanding between the two communities? What follows is a poignant drama encapsulating their vulnerabilities and aspirations.
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Loach collaborates once more with Paul Laverty, the respected scriptwriter of I, Daniel Blake and Sorry We Missed You. Their first project together led to Loach’s second Palme d’Or win at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival for I, Daniel Blake, a story about a man denied disability support by the UK government despite his doctor deeming him unfit to work. Their creative alliance continues to prosper in their newest film.
The Old Oak is set to premiere in the UK and Ireland on September 29. You can watch the film’s first trailer below.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ken Loach’s Final Film
When is the release date for Ken Loach’s final film, ‘The Old Oak’?
The film is set to be released in the UK and Ireland on September 29.
What is the premise of ‘The Old Oak’?
‘The Old Oak’ delves into the complexities of racial tensions, migration, and the power of unity in contemporary Britain. It follows TJ Ballantyne, the owner of a financially troubled pub, and his transformative journey of friendship and empathy after encountering a young Syrian refugee named Yari.
Who are the lead actors in ‘The Old Oak’?
Dave Turner portrays TJ Ballantyne, the pub owner, while Ebla Mari plays the role of Yari, the Syrian refugee.
Is ‘The Old Oak’ Ken Loach’s final film?
Yes, ‘The Old Oak’ is Ken Loach’s final directorial project.
What is the significance of the creative partnership between Ken Loach and Paul Laverty?
Ken Loach and Paul Laverty have collaborated on multiple films, including ‘I, Daniel Blake,’ which won Loach his second Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Their partnership explores socially relevant themes and brings thought-provoking stories to the screen.
What themes does ‘The Old Oak’ address?
‘The Old Oak’ tackles themes of racial tensions, migration, unity, friendship, understanding, and empathy in contemporary British society.
Where can I watch the trailer for ‘The Old Oak’?
You can watch the trailer for ‘The Old Oak’ in the provided link or on the official StudioCanal channel.