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PAUL LAVERTY

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SORRY WE MISSED YOU (2019)
Starring Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Alfie Dobson, Rhys Stone, Katie Proctor, Charlie Richmond and Harriet Ghost. Directed by Ken Loach.

Ricky and his family who have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to wrestle back some independence appears with a shiny new van and the chance to run a franchise as a self employed delivery driver. It's hard work, and his wife's job as a carer is no easier. The family unit is strong but when both are pulled in different directions everything comes to breaking point.

REVIEWS Sorry We Missed You - An incisive look at the struggle against debt

YULI (2019)
Starring Santiago Alfonso, Carlos Acosta, Keyvin Martínez, Edison Manuel Olbera and Laura De La Uz. Directed by Icíar Bollaín.

REVIEWS Yuli - Dancing on a knife's edge

I, DANIEL BLAKE (2016)
Starring Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Colin Coombs and Natalie Ann Jamieson. Directed by Ken Loach.

Daniel Blake has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle, UK. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with a single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know, some 300 miles away. Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern day Britain.
JIMMY'S HALL (2014)
Starring Barry Ward, Simone Kirby, Jim Norton, Andrew Scott, Brían F. O'Byrne, Francis Magee, Karl Geary, Shane Cullen, Sean Fox and Sorcha Fox. Directed by Ken Loach.

James Gralton is the only person to be ever deported from Ireland. Gralton was an Irish communist leader who took U.S. citizenship after emigrating there in 1909. However, he returned to Ireland and started a dance hall in Effrinagh, County Leitrim and used the venue to propagate his political views. This was opposed by the Catholic clergy and eventually led to a shooting. This led to Gralton being arrested and deported to the U.S. in 1933 by the government led by Éamon de Valera.
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