Thursday 13th September 2018 - 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm, Palmer Building
RFT Celebrating the 2nd Reading on Thames Festival
Ken Loach’s second Palme d’Or winner still packs a massive personal and political punch; it’s a damning indictment of a faceless benefits bureaucracy which strips claimants of their humanity by reducing them to numbers on a file. It is also an uplifting and deeply moving celebration of the decency and kinship of ordinary people, who care for and look after each other when the state abandons its duty of care. Some scenes have an almost unbearable poignancy, others inspire righteous rage at institutional cruelty and injustice.
This is an emotive and thought-provoking film that lays bare and underlines the real problems people can face when trying to navigate the over-complicated road to claiming benefits. It spells out the nature of the hostile environment created by a government and bureaucracy obsessed both with the market and the economy, but ignoring the pressures this creates for its ‘ordinary’ citizens. Fundamentally – and tragically – the administration misses the point about why we are here, and the vital importance of a shared humanity.
UK 2016 – Directed by Ken Loach with Dave Johns, Hayley Squires – 100 min
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Matt Rodda MP, and Alison Peyton, Manager of ReadiFood foodbank.
‘If you’re not angry, what kind of person are you?’ – KEN LOACH
Paul Laverty’s brilliantly insightful script finds much that is moving (and often surprisingly funny) in the unbreakable social bonds of so-called “broken Britain” – THE GUARDIAN
The Reading on Thames Festival takes its inspiration from Reading’s majestic waterways and sets out to create a vibrant, broad appeal arts and cultural festival programme set in venues and unusual outdoor spaces across Reading. Between 6-16 September, Festival audiences can expect to encounter exhilarating performances and unexpected encounters. RFT is proud to be part of this celebration and we are starting our season early with two contrasting films following the struggles of two very different men. See our website for further information. You can find more information on the Reading on Thames Festival at http://readingplaceofculture.org/reading-on-thames-festival-2018-programme/