Ken Loach is back in Cannes this week with his 'Sorry I Missed You', a story of a delivery driver under pressure in the zero-hours gig economy. Discover his 2011 conspiracy thriller, 'Route Irish, nominated for the Palme d'Or and starring writer and comedian John Bishop.
Fergus returns to his native Liverpool for the funeral of his childhood friend Frankie, a fellow private security contractor who has been killed on Route Irish, the deadly and now infamous stretch of road between Baghdad airport and the Green Zone. Refusing to accept the official account of his best friend's death, Fergus launches his own investigation, fuelled by the discovery of a cell phone on which Frankie had recorded the shooting of an innocent Iraqi family just days before his own death. As his investigation ramps up, Fergus soon draws the heat of those he is investigating and a once dirty foreign war is transferred to the streets of Liverpool and pursued on home turf.
A fast-paced conspiracy thriller, 'Route Irish' delivers fresh insight into the moral and political corruption at play during the Iraq War.
★★★★ "You don't expect Ken Loach to make thrillers, but this one is an angry and relevant film" - Derek Malcolm, Evening Standard
★★★★ "Insightful and explosive" - David Hughes, Empire