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The Old Oak

Directed by Ken Loach
Produced by Rebecca O'Brien
Written by Paul Laverty
With: Dave Turner, Ebla Mari, Claire Rodgerson, Trevor Fox, Chris McGlade, Col Tait, Jordan Louis, Chrissie Robinson, Chris Gotts, Jen Patterson, Arthur Oxley, Joe Armstrong, Andy Dawson, and Maxie Peters
Cinematography: Robbie Ryan
Editing: Jonathan Morris
Music: George Fenton
Runtime: 113 min
Release Date: 29 September 2023
Color: Color
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The latest and possibly final film from 87-year-old British working-class chronicler Ken Loach (Kes, Riff-Raff, The Wind That Shakes the Barley) is a simple tale about a pub owner in a former mining town caught up in tensions between his bitter, racist customers and newly arrived Syrian refugees. Strong performances all around bring out the best in Paul Laverty's on-the-nose dialogue. While many narrative beats are predictable, their outcomes are often unexpected.