UK, France, Belgium


The Old Oak is a special place. Not only is it the last man standing it is the only remaining space where people can meet in a once thriving mining community that has now fallen on hard times after 30 years of decline. TJ Ballantyne (Dave Turner) the landlord hangs on to The Old Oak by his fingertips, as his hold is endangered even more when the pub becomes contested territory after the arrival of Syrian refugees who are placed in the village. An unlikely friendship develops when TJ encounters a young Syrian with a camera, Tara (Elba Mari). Can they find a way for the two communities to understand each other? So unfolds a deeply moving drama about loss, fear and the difficulty of finding hope.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Ken Loach

Written by: Paul Laverty

Main Producer: Rebecca O'Brien

Cinematography: Robbie Ryan

Editing: Jonathan Morris

Production Design: Fergus Clegg

Costume Design: Joanne Slater

Make-Up & Hair: Anita Brolly

Original Score: George Fenton

Sound: Ray Beckett, Kevin Brazier

Casting: Kahleen Crawford

Cast: Dave Turner (TJ Ballantyne), Ebla Mari (Yara)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2023