The Gamekeeper

The Gamekeeper

From the archive

This film was last shown on 16 August 2018

Former steelworker George Purse is the gamekeeper on a duke’s estate. We watch a year in the life of George as he goes about his daily tasks, rearing pheasants, laying traps and dealing with predators that come in the form of foxes and poachers. The other locals have an uneasy relationship with George, whose position as someone who upholds the rules and rights of the upper class sets him apart from them. Adapted from Barry Hines's novel of the same name, The Gamekeeper is a beautifully shot study of the relationship between society, economics and the countryside, and the exploitation inherent to the class system. As Hines said himself, the film and book ‘were about class, not gamekeepers. You don’t have to say anything; you just show it’.

Ken Loach
84 mins
Andrew Grubb, Phil Askham, Rita May


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