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Director: Ken Loach

Producer: Tony Garnett

From the book 'A Kestrel for a Knave' written by Barry Hines

Adapted by: Barry Hines, Ken Loach and Tony Garnett

Music: John Cameron

Cinematography: Chris Menges

Editor: Roy Watts

Art Direction: William McCrow


Billy: David Bradley

Mr Farthing: Colin Welland

Mrs Casper: Lynne Perrie

Jud: Freddie Fletcher

Mr Sugden: Brian Glover

Mr Gryce: Bob Bowes

Mr Crosley: Trevor Hasketh

Farmer: Eric Bolderson

Mathematics teacher: Geoffrey Banks


British filmmaking showed much of its potential in this marvellous production chronicling the boyhood experiences of Billy, whose expectations lead no further than following his brother into the pit when he reaches manhood. Written off by his teachers and often neglected at home, his future is pre-determined.

He finds and trains a young kestrel. Through his care and respect for the bird, we see qualities in Billy that the world cannot allow to be recognised.

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