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The Gamekeeper, Movie made for TV, 1980 IMDB

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2022-06-26 19:48

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A Ken Loach film of a Barry Hines book, continuing their collaboration a few years after Kes. Made by Associated Television (the Midlands regional bit of ITV), but unsure if a TV-movie or a film in its own right with cinema release - may have been both.

A drama with actors, but presented as a documentary about a year in the life of a gamekeeper on a Yorkshire estate near a mining village. No locations given on imdb or in screen credits, but fairly sure filmed in and around High Hoyland which is the village where Hines grew up on border of South and West Yorkshire between Barnsley and Wakefield; his elder brother Richard was a local gamekeeper, and the inspiration for the novel. The Big House is probably Cannon Hall, with most of the locations probably estate buildings and grounds.

Excellent film - no story or plot - just the events of a year as it unrolls. Loach's social conscience makes its points about class inequality more subtly than many of his other films.


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