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The Spirit of '45 World Premiere in Berlin

February 11th, 2013
The Spirit of '45 has today premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, where director Ken Loach was in attendance to take part in a Q&A following the screening. The film went down a storm, with lots of people tweeting pictures and responses and the first critic reviews rolling in.

We will be releasing The Spirit of '45 in the UK and Ireland on 15th March, and on Sunday 17th March cinemas nationwide will take part in a screening event seeing a Q&A panel with Ken Loach and other guests simulcast across the land - tickets are now on sale for cinemas nationwide - head to the screenings' page to book yours!

1945 was a pivotal year in British history. The unity that carried Britain through the war allied to the bitter memories of the inter-war years led to a vision of a better society. The spirit of the age was to be our brother’s and our sister’s keeper. Director Ken Loach has used film from Britain’s regional and national archives, alongside sound recordings and contemporary interviews to create a rich political and social narrative. The Spirit of ‘45 hopes to illuminate and celebrate a period of unprecedented community spirit in the UK, the impact of which endured for many years and which may yet be rediscovered today.

Today also marked the launch of the film's new website, which will see exciting digital content over the coming weeks with interactive timelines and 'My 45' allowing you to see what your life might have looked like without the 'Spirit of 45'
Here are some reactions and pictures from the Berlin screenings - you can follow tweets from the Q&A with Ken over on Storify for more detail.

The Spirit of 45 Director and producers - Ken Loach - Sixteen Film - Fly Film
Producers Kate Ogborn, Lisa Marie Russo, Rebecca O'Brien with Ken Loach and festival director Dieter Kosslick

Audience at the Berlin Film Festival
The audience anticipation ahead of the screening

Q&A Ken Loach and Michael Sondheimer
Michael Sondheimer moderates the Q&A with Ken Loach

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