We're thrilled that legendary and multi-award winning British filmmaker, Ken Loach will receive the Festival's first-ever Raindance Auteur Award. Best known globally for his films that highlight various British socio-economic issues, Ken Loach won the coveted Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his latest film, I, Daniel Blake. The award will be presented by Raindance Founder Elliot Grove on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016, where Mr. Loach will also participate in an “In Conversation With” discussion led by Jason Solomons spanning his career, films, the ever-changing film industry and what he may have in store for audiences in the future. Ken Loach was born in 1936 in Nuneaton. He attended King Edward VI Grammar School and went on to study law at St. Peter's Hall, Oxford. After a brief spell in the theatre, Loach was recruited by the BBC in 1963 as a television director. This launched a long career directing films for television and the cinema, from Cathy Come Home and Kes in the sixties to Land And Freedom, Sweet Sixteen, The Wind That Shakes The Barley (Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 2006), Looking for Eric, The Angels’ Share and I, Daniel Blake. Jason Solomons is one of the UK's best-known film critics. On television, he is the host of the globally-syndicated interview show Movie Talk and a regular reviewer and expert on BBC News. On radio, he is BBC Radio London's long-standing film critic and a reviewer on Radio 2's Arts Show and Radio 4's Front Row, for whom he has covered the last five Cannes Film Festivals. Jason's book Woody Allen: Film by Film came out to acclaim in 2015. After a long career reviewing for newspapers including The Observer and The Mail on Sunday, his reviews and podcasts can now be found on jasonsolomons.com.
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