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The Spirit of '45 - Preview

The Spirit of '45

Preview by Jack Foley

DIRECTOR Ken Loach’s latest film The Spirit of ’45 is an impassioned documentary about how the spirit of unity which buoyed Britain during the war years carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society.

Set for DVD release on Monday, April 15, 2013, the film is a must-see for all fans of Loach.

The director commented: “The achievements of the ’45 Labour government have largely been written out of our history. From near economic collapse we took leading industries into public ownership and established the Welfare State.

“Generosity, mutual support and co-operation were the watch words of the age. It is time to remember the determination of those who were intent on building a better world.”

The Spirit of ’45 vividly illustrates the optimism of a nation and how a new, fairer state was created from the rubble of war.

Using film resourced from Britain’s regional and national archives, alongside sound recordings and contemporary interviews from the people who lived through the years of change including Tony Benn, Loach creates a rich political and social narrative of the years directly following WWII that would pave the way for the creation of a new state where the character of the times was to be our brother’s and our sister’s keeper.

After defeating fascism, the people of Britain sought a more equal society where the elites didn’t control all the resources and where the working classes had access to healthcare, housing, and social care. Under a newly elected Labour Government led by Clement Atlee and spearheaded by visionary Health Minister Aneurin “Nye” Bevan, a new Britain was created in a few short years.

The Spirit of ’45 hopes to illuminate and celebrate a period of unprecedented community spirit in the UK, the impact of which endured for many years and which may yet be re-discovered today.

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Win The Spirit of ’45 on DVD

To celebrate the release of The Spirit of ’45 on DVD on Monday, April 15, 2013, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 2 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who led the Labour government that Loach has focused on?

Simply send the answer to Spirit of ’45 competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email