Ken is my favourite film director not because he has made the greatest films I have ever enjoyed, he hasn’t, but because of his humanity and consistency. His social realism is always important. He is always true to himself. He is a man who raises your awareness and forces you to think about issues. To do that in an entertaining manner is genius.
Ken is a man you can trust to have the right sensitivities and to put that into a film with heart and interest.
At the beginning we had the brilliance of Kes, Up the Junction and Poor Cow,
His Palm d’or winner – The Wind that Shakes the Barley was the best portrayal of the Irish situation ever captured on celluloid.
A look at the films I have greatly enjoyed such as:
Bread and Roses
My Name is Joe
demonstrates the wide range of Ken’s social interest. If there is injustice Ken is there to highlight it.
I love his films and I love the man.
We need more people who are prepared to stand up and speak their mind, to highlight injustice and try to make the world a better place.
Ken has always done that. He has put his actions where his mouth was and become politically active in many arenas. I respect that.
He has integrity.
Ken is not a man who wanted to make great films, win lots of acclaim and make lots of money. He could have done all that if he wanted.
He is a man who wanted to make things better and who stood up for his principles – that was more important.
Ken is one of my heroes!