Up The Junction (Ken Loach | England, 1965 | 72 minutes | Rated 12)
Ken Loach | England, 1965 | 72 minutes | Rated 12
One of Ken Loach’s early films for the BBC, ‘Up the Junction’ is a ‘breathless’ celebration of working class culture old and new, set in 60’s Clapham. Mixing cine-verite style docu-drama with Loach’s staple social commentary, Up the Junction places the lives of a group of young women within the stories of their wider community, amidst an exuberant evocation of oral culture and popular music.
The film was preceded by ‘The Shutdown’ (Adam Stafford / Scotland, 2009 / 10 minutes), a poetic documentary focussing on Scottish playwright Alan Bissett’s memories of his father’s work at the Grangemouth Oil Refinery.