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Kes reimagined - a new film by Ross MacGibbon

Author: Opus Arte

Kes reimagined is a new film by award-winning choreographer Jonathan Watkins and International Emmy award-winning director Ross MacGibbon.

  • Kes reimagined | Copyright: © c Marv Martin

    Kes reimagined © c Marv Martin

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    Kes reimagined - the company © c Marv Martin

Kes reimagined is a new film by award-winning choreographer Jonathan Watkins and International Emmy award-winning director Ross MacGibbon, based on the novel A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines. Jonathan Watkins’s acclaimed production was conceived and created for Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre in 2014. Watkins was born in Barnsley, where Barry Hines’s original novel and Ken Loach’s famous film version. It’s a story he says that is part of the very DNA of the town, and of himself too.

Set in a Yorkshire mining community, this re-imagining of Hines’ tale told through dance and puppetry, takes us on a journey with the young working-class boy, Billy Casper. Billy is troubled at home and at school but his outlook on life is transformed when he finds and trains a kestrel. As the beloved Kes swoops and spins in the expansive freedom of the Yorkshire countryside, Billy’s self-confidence begins to soar, and boy and bird become one.

'Makes your heart soar… A terrific crowdpleaser' (The Daily Telegraph ★★★★)

'Genuinely too powerful for words' (The Guardian ★★★★)

Genre ballet
Duration 67 minutes
Stage Director Jonathan Watkins
TV Director Ross MacGibbon
Production Company Kestrel Dance Film Productions Ltd, The Space and BBC
Recording date August 2019
Audio format LPCM 2.0 & DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Distribution VOD Naxos Rights (Europe) Ltd
Distribution TV Naxos Rights (Europe) Ltd
Distribution theatrical Naxos Rights (Europe) Ltd

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