Ken Loach is one of Scotland’s best Film Director’s if not the best and he is back to his roots with his new Scottish Comedy The Angels Share at the 65th Cannes Film Festival. Ken was apparently persuaded to enter his new film by Thierry Fremaux as Loach wasn’t convinced his gritty Scottish comedy was right for the festival.
The story isn’t quite as sobering as his previous hits Sweet Sixteen and My Name is Joe which also were launched at Cannes. The Europeans seem to enjoy these raw portayals of living in Urban poverty in Scotland. The Angels Share however is more off a bitter sweet comedy where Robbie (the main character) after a life of crime becomes a new father and decides to change his ways. With similar individuals on Community Service for their various misdemeanours they decide to try to become big hitters in the Scotch Whisky Industry. The Angels Share will be Ken Loach’ 5th film in Scotland and was scripted by his usual partner Paul Laverty and stars Paul Brannigan a newcomer following in the footsteps of little known actors Ken Loach gives a chance to make it big.
Loach has also given debut screenings to Jasmin Riggins and Siobhan Reilly, he also uses many actors who have delivered for him in previous movies such as Gary Maitland (Sweet Sixteen), John Henshaw (Looking for Eric) and William Ruane (The Wind that Shakes the Barley). Our European cousins will be delighted that The Angels Share will comes with subtitles.
Ken Loach will not be the only Scot taking on the critics at Canne this year, Tilda Swinton will star in Moonrise Kingdom with such huge names as Bill Murray and Bruce Willis.