THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY
Palme d’Or AT 59° CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2006
Ireland 1920. Driven by a deep sense of duty and a lave far his country, Damien abandons his burgeoning career as a doctor and joins his brother, Teddy, in a dangerous and violent fight far freedom. As the freedom fighters’ bold tactics bring the British to breaking point, both sides finally agree to a treaty to end the bloodshed. But, despite the apparent victory, civil war erupts and families, who fought side by side, find themselves pitted against one another as sworn enemies, putting their loyalties to the ultimate test.
Was born in 1936 in Nuneaton. He attended King Edward VI Grammar School and went on to study law at St. Peter’s Hall, Oxford. After a brief spell in the theatre, Loach was recruited by the BBC in 1963 as a trainee television director. This launched a long career directing films and documentaries for television and the cinema, from Cathy Come Home and Kes in the 1960’s to Land and Freedom, Sweet Sixteen and The Wind That Shakes the Barley in recent years.