Ricky, Abby and their two children live in Newcastle. They are a strong family who care for each other. Ricky has skipped from one labouring job to another while Abby, who loves her work, cares for old people. Despite working longer and harder they realise they will never have independence or their own home. It’s now or never; the app revolution offers Ricky a golden opportunity. He and Abby make a bet. She sells her car so Ricky can buy a shiny new van and become a freelance driver, with his own business at last.
About the director: Ken Loach 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 television director. This launched a long career directing films for television and the cinema, from Cathy Come Home and Kes in the sixties to Land and Freedom, Sweet Sixteen, The Wind that Shakes the Barley (Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 2006), Looking for Eric, The Angels’ Share and I, Daniel Blake (Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 2016).
Selected Filmography: Ladybird, Ladybird (1994), Carla’s Song (1996), My Name is Joe (1998), Bread and Roses (2000), The Navigators (2001), AE Fond Kiss (2004), The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006), It’s a Free World (2007), Looking for Eric (2009), Route Irish (2011), The Angels’ Share (2012), The Spirit of 45 (2013), Jimmy’s Hall (2014), I, Daniel Blake (2016) and others