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Part of the London Lives Season 26 November 2014 02:30 PM

Poor Cow

Director Ken Loach
Writers Nell Dunn
Year 1967
Starring Carol White, Terence Stamp
Admission Free admission
Location Birkbeck Cinema
43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD
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Ken Loach’s first cinema film followed the extraordinary impact of his television play Cathy Come Home (1966) in which Carol White played the hapless Cathy. Here, her character is shown forming a series of bad relationships after the father of her child goes to prison. On the larger screen and in colour, after his television work, Loach shows the seamy side of ‘swinging London’ and the limited options open to the ironically-named Joy, as she makes her way across the capital’s landscape, always seeking approval from the men who flit across her life. Long overlooked in favour of Loach’s later work, this deserves to be seen as the radical 60s film it is.

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