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Dark Horse director to helm Ken Loach documentary

Ken Loach in BerlinBritish director Louise Osmond, who was behind the Sundance winning hit Dark Horse, will direct the upcoming theatrical documentary on Ken Loach.

The project by Sixteen Films will explore Loach’s 50-year-old career through his work and the debates they caused socially.

Rebecca O’Brien at Sixteen Films said: “Louise is a wonderful, observational filmmaker so she’s an ideal person to have come on board.”

O’Brien wasn’t the production company’s first choice however, she replaces Loach’s son, Jim Loach, who decided to step away from the project as it was “too close to home” for him.

Ken Loach: Untitled, as the documentary is currently known, has secured the backing of BBC Films and the BFI.

The film is being produced with a cinematic release in mind and will go into production within the next month. It will combine interviews with the acclaimed filmmaker, his collaborators and footage from his career.

Osmond’s latest documentary Dark Horse, which got a wide cinema release in the UK, was about a racehorse syndicate from a small Welsh village taking on the elite in the racing world. With a typical David vs Goliath narrative and beautiful cinematography the documentary pocketed the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival in the world cinema documentary competition section.

Osmond also scored a hit in 2013 with the TV documentary Richard III: The King in the Car Park, which attracted more than 3.5m viewers for Channel 4.

 

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Alexandra Zeevalkink is a Dutch-born journalist living in London who founded DocGeeks in August 2011 in order to have a legitimate excuse to watch every documentary under the sun. She freelances for various publications and writes mainly about documentaries and the film production industry. When she is not blogging or watching films, she enjoys theater, photography and reading loads of books. She is always on the look out for potential partnerships with other creative minds.

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