“I wish I was a bit younger because there are still so many stories to tell”.

Ken Loach, the UK’s foremost political filmmaker, was welcomed to Northern Ireland to take part in multiple public Q&A’s and receive the Réalta Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema.

The Réalta award, Irish for ‘star’, was created with a desire to honour ground-breaking filmmakers and actors who use their medium for the greater good. Ken‘s huge body of work addresses a wide range of contemporary social and political issues that resonate both locally and internationally, making him a very worthy recipient of the Realta award.

Hugh Odling-Smee spoke with Ken about his life, his career in film and television and his political convictions to a sold out screen in the Movie House. Ken then took questions from the audience before being presented with the prestigious Réalta award.

You can watch the Q&A in full above, complete with clips from his filmography and the presentation of the Réalta award!