Review: Billy Casper is a young English working-class boy who spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon which he names Kes. Billy raises, nurtures and trains the falcon.
Director: Ken Loach
Actors: David Bradley, Brian Glover, Freddie Fletcher and Colin Welland
Year: 1969
Genre: Art House, Classics, Drama, Family and International
Conclusion: 5/5
A classic film from director Ken Loach. Three kestrels were used during the filming of this film. Even though this is a U Certificate it can still be very traumatizing for young children. I have just recently watched this film and by the end I was still a little shaken as to what happened. As traumatizing as it is it is still a very uplifting and beautiful film. This is probably Ken Loach’s finest film. The amazing thing is that it is over 40 years old but is just as relevant and hard hitting as it was when it was made. This is in Barry Norman’s top 50 Greatest British Films list that was published in the Radio Times. At the Bafta Awards in 1971 this won two awards and they were for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles (David Bradley) and also Best Supporting Actor (Colin Welland). One film critic wrote about this film “Loach’s beady eye catches it all, but it’s the casting of Bradley that was his masterstroke.”

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