Edition no. 136

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Directed by: Ken Loach

Ken Loach collaborated with playwright Trevor Griffiths (Comedians) for this underseen political drama about an East German protest singer (played by Gerulf Pannach) who emigrates to the West when he falls foul of the authorities. He arrives to much interest from the media – and a potentially lucrative record contract – but wishes only to be able to perform his songs, and to find his father, another exile, who had left his home country during the 1953 East German uprising.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio: English 2.0 DTS-HD MA Mono
Subtitles: English
Region: A/B/C
Discs: 1 Disc |  BD-50


  • Language Barriers (2021, 7 mins): editor Jonathan Morris discusses his first feature-film collaboration with Ken Loach
  • Talk About Work (1971, 16 mins): Loach’s documentary on youth employment, made for the Central Office of Information and photographed by Chris Menges
  • Right to Work March (1972, 43 mins): campaign film documenting a five-week protest march from Glasgow to London that saw the participation of a number of cultural figures, including Loach and other filmmakers
  • Trailer
  • Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
  • Original shooting script
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Frank Collins, an archival interview with Ken Loach, an extract from Loach on Loach, an overview of contemporary critical responses, new writing on the short films, and film credits

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