In an unlikely friendship, the landlord of an ailing local pub TJ Ballantyne (Dave Turner) meets a curious young Syrian Yara (Ebla Mari) with her camera.
Can they find a way for the two communities to understand each other?
So unfolds a deeply moving drama about their fragilities and hopes.
THE OLD OAK is directed by Ken Loach, written by Paul Laverty and produced by Rebecca O’Brien, and completes their unofficial North East trilogy following acclaimed films including Sorry We Missed You and I, Daniel Blake.
★★★★ Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian
Ken Loach’s fierce final call for compassion and solidarity
“Ken Loach’s urgent picture of economic distress and xenophobia”
“To its credit, the film finds an empathetic approach with even its ugliest characters.”
“It’s a fitting goodbye for this most empathetic chronicler of British society”