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Cathy Come Home

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Synopsis

Cathy and Reg have everything to live for: he has a well-paid job, they have three healthy children and a modern home. But when Reg loses his job, they find their life spinning out of control. Evicted by bailiffs, they face a life of poverty, illegally squatting in empty houses, sleeping in hostels and fighting to keep their family together.
Originally made as a play for television play, Cathy Come Home was shot largely in original locations with a handheld camera, using voice-over narration by the protagonists. Loach's drama, using a single family to train the spotlight on the dire straits of England’s mid-century welfare structure, provoked a huge debate in parliament on first release.

Details

Year
1966
Type of film
Features
Running Time
75 mins
Format
16 mm
Director
Ken Loach
Producer
Tony Garnett
Editor
Roy Watts
Screenwriter
Jeremy Sandford, Ken Loach
Director of Photography
Tony Imi
Production Designer
Sally Hulke
Music
Paul Jones
Principal Cast
Carol White, Ray Brooks, Winifred Dennis, Adrienne Frame, Wally Patch

Production Company

BBC Films
Zone A, 7th Floor
BBC Broadcasting House
Portland Place
London
W1A 1AA
UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 8743 8000
http://www.bbc.co.uk

Sales
Company

BBC Worldwide Ltd
33 Foley Street
London
W1W 7TL
UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7612 3000
Fax: +44 (0)20 7612 3003