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It's a Free World

When the exploited becomes the exploiter.

When a new Ken Loach film comes out, reviewers generally look to newspaper headlines rather than brush up on their cinema theory. Sure enough, with It's A Free World, the country's most socially conscious filmmaker has once again tackled a current issue – immigration – but has also approached it from a fresh angle that makes the problem feel new and unexpected. The film centres around Angie (newcomer Kierston Wareing), a recruitment agency worker who specialises in bringing in workers from Eastern Europe to the U.K.. Although she's good at her job, she is sacked after publicly objecting to an incident of sexual harassment, and subsequently decides to set up her own agency with a friend. But her determination to make a success of her company soon overshadows any good intentions she had towards her immigrant workers, and she starts to treat them with the same disrespect and abuse that her former employers and current contacts treat her. The result is a reminder that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and a layered and complex character study of Angie, with Wareing on career-making form. By turns brazen and charming, well-meaning and monstrous, Angie is the sort of fully-fleshed-out (anti-) heroine role that any sensible actress should kill for but only newcomers seem to attempt. It's clear that Angie’s role as victim has led her into corruption, but that doesn't make her any more justified in the things that she does. – William Thomas, Empire Online

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Directed by: 
Ken Loach
Running Time: 
Kierston Wareing, Juliet Ellis, Leslaw Zurek, Joe Siffleet
Screenplay by: 
Paul Laverty

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