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Another example of how Ken Loach’s televisual work helped enact actual change in British society comes with Cathy Come Home. Written by Jeremy Sandford, the drama follows young lovers Cathy and Reg from their early married days through a spiral of misfortune that follows Reg's work accident, leading to eviction, separation and culminating in a hysterical Cathy having her children forcibly taken away by Social Services. 

Loach’s film created a burst of public controversy that coincidentally helped establish the homelessness charity Shelter in the public’s minds when it launched not long after transmission, thanks to 12 million people watching the initial broadcast. 

Duration includes trailers and adverts. Please note that we do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy. See more information about Relaxed Screenings here. MAC’s cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI Film Audience Network and Film Hub Midlands.