Cathy Come Home: The Wednesday Play (Episode aired in 1969)
Film Screening followed by a short discussion
Directed by Ken Loach,
Runtime 1h 15min,
At Rethink Rebuild Society, Unit 7 Longsight Business Park, Hamilton Road, Manchester M13 0PD
Date: Wednesday 11 September 2019 at 7PM
Register to attend here https://cathy-come-home.eventbrite.co.uk
Please arrive on time as the screening will start at 7:15 promptly.
Named ‘the UK most influential TV programme of all time’ in 2005, ‘Cathy Come Home’ requires very little description.
The play follows young couple Cathy and Reg from the optimism of their early married days through a spiral of misfortune that follows Reg's work accident, leading to eviction and separation, and culminating, in what remains one of TV's most memorable scenes; a ‘hysterical’ Cathy having her children forcibly taken away by Social Services.
50 years on, Ken Loach’s landmark TV play is as relevant, powerful and worth watching (or re-watching over and over) as ever. Cathy continues to represent the reality for thousands of citizens
stuck in the vicious cycle of homelessness with all its devastating consequences.
Cathy could be anyone of us.
Unlike virtually all his contemporaries, Ken Loach has never succumbed to the siren call of Hollywood, and it's virtually impossible to imagine his particular brand of British socialist realism
translating well to that context.
Loach has produced what came to be acclaimed as some of finest films ever made in Britain. He turned down an OBE in 1977, saying in a Radio Times interview, published in 2001: "I turned down the OBE because it's not a club you want to join when you look at the villains who've got it”
Commenting on Loach’s I, Daniel Blake, Simon Hattenstone from the Guardian wrote: “He’s been a thorn in the establishment’s side since Cathy Come Home and Kes. At 80, he’s made his angriest film yet.”
‘Cathy Come Home’ is the third that Rethink Rebuild Society screens by Ken Loach, after ‘The Wind that Shakes the Barley’ and ‘Land and Freedom’.