Life After Kes examines the history and legacy of the 1969 award-winning British film, Kes, about a boy’s (Billy Casper) relationship with a kestrel. This fascinating book not only pays homage to the vision and extraordinary talent involved both in front and behind the camera but also looks at subsequent changes in the educational system, posing some important questions. Are we any better off today? Have schools and teaching staff moved forward over the last few decades? Have successive government’s learnt anything from the mistakes of the past? Life After Kes explores the lives of the cast and production team since the making of the film including David (Dai) Bradley who played the lead role and examines why the legacy of Billy Casper and the national perception of Kes cast a shadow over South Yorkshire. Does Casper’s ghost still haunt this ex-mining community and is director Ken Loach’s gritty northern drama as relevant today as it was then? This book is a must-have for all film fans, anyone who enjoyed Kes and all those with an interest in British social history.
Keywords: Kes, A Kestrel for a Knave, Ken Loach, Kenneth Loach, Tony Garnett, Barry Hines, Chris Menges, John Cameron, Loach, Colin Welland, David Bradley, Dai Bradley, Freddie Fletcher, Simon W. Golding, Simon W Golding, Simon Golding, David Dai Bradley, Billy, Billy Casper, Casper, Jud, Lynne Perrie, Mrs. Casper, Colin Welland