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LADYBIRD LADYBIRD

Director: KEN LOACH

101 minutes, U.K., 1994, Colour, 35mm


Maggie is a woman in her mid-30s who has had four children by four different fathers. Ill-equipped to look after the kids, Social Services step in and take them away from her. At her lowest ebb, she meets Jorge (Vladimir Vega), a Paraguayan refugee who is unlike the other men she has been in relationships with. But when she becomes pregnant again, Social Services have difficulty believing her circumstances have changed.

Based on real incidents and with echoing issues Loach first addressed in his breakthrough film, Cathy Come Home, Ladybird Ladybird features an extraordinary performance from Crissy Rock, a Liverpudlian stand up who had never acted before.

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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