Ken Loach helms ‘Spirit of ’45’

Docu looks at socialism in U.K.

LONDON — Brit Ken Loach is set to direct a feature documentary based on changes that occurred in the U.K.’s social and political landscape immediately after the end of WWII in 1945.

“Spirit of ’45,” which is in production, will examine how the spirit of a new kind of socialism shaped that time and continues to reflect in modern-day Blighty.

Loach will use footage from the U.K.’s regional and national archives, alongside photographs, sound recordings and contemporary interviews.

Docu is backed by lottery coin from the British Film Institute’s Film Fund and is co-financed by broadcaster Channel 4 and its movie arm, Film4.

Pic is a collaboration with Loach’s Sixteen Films, which he set up with longtime producer partner Rebecca O’Brien, plus Fly Film’s Kate Ogborn (“The Deep Blue Sea”) and Lisa Marie Russo (“Of Time and the City”).

Development support came from the now-defunct U.K. Film Council and regional screen agency EM Media.

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