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Bath premiere for acclaimed film
Ken Loach with his Palme D'Or award at Cannes
The film won Ken Loach the Palme D'Or at the Cannes film festival
Ken Loach's Palme D'Or-winning film The Wind that Shakes the Barley has received its UK premiere in Bath.

The acclaimed film-maker lived in the city for 30 years and is a passionate supporter of Bath City Football Club.

Proceeds from the star-studded event at the Little Theatre on Wednesday evening will go to the non-league team, on whose board Loach served as director.

The film tells the story of one man's role in Ireland's struggle for independence in the 1920s.

It stars Irish actor Cillian Murphy as a would-be doctor who joins the republican movement after witnessing the death of a friend at the hands of British soldiers.

Despite winning the top prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, the movie has been heavily criticised in the UK for its one-sided portrayal of events.

Director Ken Loach introduced the film on Thursday night and he and actor Padraig Delaney took part in a question and answer session after the screening.

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