The Spirit of 45

  • Screening Dates: 13th March, 8 pm  //  27th March, 6 pm
  • Directed by: Ken Loach ('The Wind That Shakes the Barley', 'Sweet Sixteen', 'My Name Is Joe')
  • Running time: 98 minutes
  • Rating: (G) Documentary
  • Language: English

Ken Loach (The Angels’ Share) documentary about the UK’s post-WWII Labour government and its programme of nationalisation, showing the background to – and construction of – the country’s welfare state that ended up largely dismantled during the Thatcher era. Loach uses archival footage and contemporary interviews with doctors, nurses and trade unionists to make a case for these demolished institutions and emphasise the importance of the National Health Service, Britain’s last such survivor – itself under threat in the present day.