‘We need to fight for the future of our children and our grandchildren. That means fighting against every wage cut, it means fighting against every job loss, every closure of factories or hospitals. And you have shown the way. And that’s what makes it so exciting to be here.
It’s very nice to get prizes from film festivals. And I don’t treat it lightly. It would be an honour for everyone involved in our films to have that. But there’s one prize we all share, and that’s to be part of this struggle. So this is a great prize for me.’
Ken Loach’s speech in Turin, explaining why he turned down the film festival’s lifetime achievement award.