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The Old Oak (2023)

A poignant drama directed by Ken Loach. Set in a once-thriving mining community in Northeast England, the film revolves around the last remaining pub, aptly named The Old Oak. As the mines close down and people abandon the land, the pub stands as a symbol of resilience.

The Old Oak weaves a subtle and heartfelt love story subplot amidst its broader themes. The film introduces us to TJ Ballantyne, the determined landlord of The Old Oak, and Yara, a curious young Syrian woman. Their unlikely friendship forms the backbone of the narrative, bridging cultural differences and offering hope in a fractured community.

TJ, portrayed by Dave Turner, is a goodhearted but depressed man who lost his wife and son years ago. He clings to the pub as a symbol of resilience, even as the mines close down and people abandon the land. His core group of patrons blames immigrants for economic decline, but TJ’s encounter with Yara changes everything.

Yara, played by Ebla Mari, is a budding photojournalist who documents her family’s arrival in the struggling English town. When her camera is broken by xenophobic bullies, TJ steps in, offering her a replacement camera from a collection that once belonged to his late uncle. As they explore the past through old photographs, their bond deepens, transcending language and cultural barriers.

Their relationship becomes a beacon of compassion and understanding, challenging prejudices and reminding us of the power of human connection. Ken Loach’s masterful storytelling captures the struggles faced by ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, and the love story subplot adds emotional depth to "The Old Oak"

The programme starts 30 minutes after doors open and on Saturdays the main feature about 60 minutes after doors open.

The future for the last remaining pub, The Old Oak, in a village of Northeast England, where people are leaving the land as the mines are closed. Houses are cheap and available, thus making it an ideal location for Syrian refugees.

Doors open:

6:30pm Saturday 20th July 2024


Ken Loach


1h 53m
Reuben Bainbridge, Chris Gotts, Debbie Honeywood, Ebla Mari, Claire Rodgerson, Dave Turner
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