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The Spirit of '45

In his gritty, award-winning dramas, which sometimes use non-actors to heighten the realism, Ken Loach holds a mirror up to the changing face of Britain throughout the decades. In The Spirit Of '45, he turns the clock back to a pivotal year in our nation's history, when the unity and sense of purpose that carried Britain through the devastation of the Second World War galvanised a desire to create a better, stronger social fabric. Loach draws upon footage sourced from regional and national archives, as well as vintage sound recordings to paint a vivid portrait of 12 turbulent and momentous months when community spirit coursed through our collective veins, and men, women and children of every class came together in the name of fairness and prosperity. Contemporary interviews cast a nostalgic eye over this unprecedented period of togetherness, when anything seemed possible.