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Call number: DVD Drama Kes

Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor

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Originally produced as a motion picture in 1969.

From the book A kestrel for a knave by Barry Hines.

Special features: disc 1: newly restored digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Ken Loach and director of photography Chris Menges, with the filmmaker's original production soundtrack ; alternate, internationally released soundtrack, with postsync dialogue ; original theatrical trailer.

Special features: disc 2: Making "Kes," a new documentary featuring Loach, Menges, producer Tony Garnett, and actor David Bradley ; The Southbank show: "Ken Loach," a 1993 profile ; Cathy come home (1966), an early television feature by Loach, with an afterword by film writer Graham Fuller.

David Bradley, Colin Welland, Lynne Perrie, Freddie Fletcher, Brian Glover, Bob Bowes.

A portrait of working-class Northern England. Billy is a fifteen-year-old miner's son whose close bond with a wild kestrel provides him with a spiritual escape from his dead-end life. Special features included.

DVD, NTSC, region 1, widescreen enhanced for 16:9 widescreen TVs, Dolby digital, mono

Contents: Kestrel for a knave.

Community Reviews

A coming-of-age tale

An endearing coming-of-age tale, you can't help but like young Billy. He's the underdog, and full of enthusiasm. He studies up on falconry and trains a wild kestrel. The story follows him and his day to day life, as he deals with bullies at school, a supportive teacher, and an older jerk of a brother.

Some of the dialect is a bit thick, but that's part of the appeal. The booklet that comes with this Criterion release is worth a read for some insight into the making of the film.

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