The Best of Ken Loach on YouTube

Ken Loach is Britain’s most famous – and often con­tro­ver­sial – direc­tor, known for his social real­ist direct­ing style and social­ist pol­i­tics. Giv­en his approach, it’s quite fit­ting that he has made some of his finest films avail­able on YouTube – for free. The Ken Loach YouTube chan­nel gives you access to his ear­ly major films, includ­ing Cathy Come Home, a 1966 BBC docu­d­ra­ma that por­trays a young cou­ple grap­pling with pover­ty, unem­ploy­ment, and home­less­ness, and also Kes, a 1970 movie that’s now ranked sev­enth on the British Film Insti­tute’s list of the Top Ten (British) Films.

But you would­n’t want to miss Loach’s more recent films. And the new YouTube col­lec­tion does­n’t dis­ap­point. It fea­tures Hid­den Agen­da (1990), a polit­i­cal thriller that won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val; Riff Raff (1991), anoth­er prize win­ner that takes a hard look at the work­ing class in the UK; and Ae Fond Kiss (2004), which delves into what hap­pens when a young Pak­istani man enters into a rela­tion­ship with a Cau­casian woman in Glas­gow.

We’re adding the Loach YouTube chan­nel to our Smart YouTube col­lec­tion, and his indi­vid­ual films to our col­lec­tion of Free Movies Online.

A big thanks goes to Natal­ie in the UK for this great find. And be sure to check out her tea-lov­ing blog at

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  • alexiscamarda says:

    I just saw a trail­er for this movie on YouTube. I’m going to put “watch Look­ing For Eric” on my Sum­mer-To-Do list. Aman­da McCorquo­dale of Mia­mi New Times said that the film “stud­ies work­ing-class Britain’s gun-lov­ing youth,” and is “unex­pect­ed com­e­dy in Loach’s down­beat oeu­vre.”

  • Sue says:

    I am look­ing for the inter­view with actor Bill Dean that he gave with regard to his role in Ken Loach’s film Fam­i­ly Life. I reme­ber see­ing this way back in 1971, but cant seem to find it now.


  • Jane Cottrell says:

    I am look­ing for a piece of work Ken Loach did in the last sup­per. It was a trail­er for his Baf­ta award. I can­not find it any­where. Please advise

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