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The Old Oak

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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.


  • Dave Turner
  • Ebla Mari
  • Claire Rodgerson
  • Trevor Fox
  • Chris McGlade
  • Col Tait
  • Jordan Louis
  • Chrissie Robinson
  • Chris Gotts
  • Jen Patterson

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Sep 29, 2023

The third part in a loose, geographically defined trilogy, as sensitively penned by Loach collaborator Paul Laverty, The Old Oak is a gentler film than the stark austerity painted by I, Daniel Blake or the chilling dissection of the gig economy in Sorry We Missed You. The film is, however, astute in its depiction of a disenfranchised community, ravaged by vulture property speculators and post-industrialisation.

Tara Brady
The Irish Times
Sep 26, 2023

A fitting — and frustrating — end to an extraordinary career. Ken Loach’s powerful, poignant storytelling is occasionally stymied by his less subtle impulses.

Metacritic review by John Nugent
John Nugent
May 30, 2023

If this is the end of the road for a British filmmaking great, it’s a thoughtful, heart-filled finale. British cinema’s old oak still stands tall.

Phil de Semlyen
Time Out