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CATHY COME HOME (FREE EVENT)

Director: KEN LOACH

75 minutes, U.K., 1969, Black and White, 16mm


When breadwinner Reg is injured at work, his wife Cathy has to fight to keep her family together, dealing with poverty, debt and homelessness.

Shot on location in London on a handheld camera, with voice-over narration by the protagonists, Cathy Come Home was a daring work that proved to be a defining moment in British television. It provoked major public and political discussion about a housing crisis when it was first broadcast, and the homelessness charity Shelter was launched a few days after it aired.

This screening is FREE but ticketed. Please book at the IFI Box Office. Ken Loach will take part in a Q&A before this screening at 18.30.

This film is screening as part of Ken Loach (Part One), May 3rd – 28th. Loach’s latest film, Jimmy’s Hall, opens at the IFI on May 30th.

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