Ken Loach’s latest searing drama explores the consequences of zero hour contracts and the gig economy for an over-stretched Newcastle family.
Ricky (Kris Hitchen) has acquired a van and taken out a franchise with a delivery company; his unsympathetic depot manager makes it clear that he will receive none of the benefits of traditional employment yet must meet punishing targets. Rick’s wife Abby (Debbie Honeywood) is a care worker constantly on call to meet the demands of her elderly patients. With both parents working impossibly long hours, Seb (Rhys Stone) their bright yet rudderless teenage son, drifts towards petty crime while pre-teen Liza (Katie Proctor) helplessly observes the family’s self-destruction.
(Notes by David O’Mahony.)
Don’t forget we now schedule weekly.