Acclaimed drama from director Ken Loach following a young boy from a working-class Northern town who begins training a falcon to find relief from his problems. Billy (David Bradley) appears to have little hope in his life. He is bullied by his brother, Jud (Freddie Fletcher), and neglected by his mother, while his inability to pay attention at school suggests he is destined for a future spent working in the harsh conditions of the local mine. The discovery of a young kestrel falcon is an important event in his life. Caring for and training 'Kes' becomes a positive way for him to express himself and, with the help of his English teacher, Mr Farthing (Colin Welland), Billy even begins reading books on falconry so he can take better care of his pet. However, as the problems at home continue, will Billy be allowed to develop his natural affinity with Kes?
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Release Date: 20 January 2003
Certificate: PG - Parental Guidance
Running Time: 106 minutes
Production Year: 1969
Main Language: English
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Gritty and realistic portrayal of a lad who finds a hidden talent
The poignant and sometimes heartbreaking tale of an ordinary boy's skill with a kestrel. Great understated acting by the newcomer. PS Coincidentally, young Bradley found he really did have a way with the birds and helped with the training on location.