Poor Cows and Angry Young Men: 50 years of Kitchen Sink Drama
The director Ken Loach and the theatre critic Michael Billington remember the dawn of the 60s well. "The 50s weren't bleak and depressing," spluttered Loach, listening to art critic Rachel Campbell-Johnston explain the grim postwar era that spawned the new British realist painters such as John Bratby. "It was great. We had just won the war!" The scene was set for a lively re-appraisal of that remarkable time in British culture on last night's Night Waves on BBC Radio 3. The era between the late 1950s and mid 1960s when bold working class protaganists -- factory workers, rebellious borstal boys, funeral parlour clerks, pregnant school girls, and lonely miners-turned rugby players were celebrated in beautifully shot films. In 1963 Nell Dunn published Up The Junction - her novel about the lives of a group of working class girls in south London and Lindsay Anderson's This Sporting Life – based on the David Storey novel – opened in cinemas. The film is regarded as a high point in the New