Named by the BFI as one of the ten best British films of the 20th Century, Ken Loach transformed Barry Hines's gritty novel A Kestrel for a Knave into a moving, searingly brutal and truthful film. Billy Casper (Bradley) is an awkward teenager, stuck in a drab Yorkshire mining town. Home life is miserable and school almost as bad. A glimmer of hope is offered when Billy finds a baby kestrel, which soon becomes the focus of his life. The relationship is all-consuming for Billy and within it he finds a vocation, something about which he can at last be passionate and articulate.
We Also Recommend
Bleak House - Charles Dickens (1959) (DVD)
BBC's Our Mutual Friend - Charles Dickens (1958) (DVD)