Last night Ken Loach won the Jury Prize at Cannes with his new film ‘The Angels’ Share’, a larky crime caper about kids on community service in the Highlands. This is the Festival’s third biggest prize and 75-year-old Loach dashed to the glitzy ceremony (a bit out of keeping that, with his reputation as the UK’s second most famous socialist Ken) to collect his award. We caught up with the director on the phone this morning… sounding surprisingly bright-eyed.
‘We celebrated with a few glasses of Ribena last night and went to bed at 2am. Today we’re already on our way to Edinburgh to promote the film there… and then we’ve got the British premiere in Glasgow tomorrow night. The award was a big surprise. We were busy doing the garden on Sunday [at home in Bath] and it was a mad dash across England to fly down to Cannes in time.
‘“The Angels’s Share” is a Scottish story but I hope it has a relevance outside of Scotland and the UK. I’ve found that people respond to the warmth in the film. They realise that it connects to the tens of thousands of kids in this situation. It’s extraordinary watching your own film with so many others in Cannes – but, by then, I can’t really see it properly. I’ve spent weeks editing and grading it, watching it twice a week. I just see the faults! I still see bits that I’d like to chop out.
‘Now I want to go to a monastery for a few weeks. I’m fed up with the sound of my own voice!’
‘The Angels’ Share’ is out on Friday June 1.