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Navigators, The

Navigators, The

The Navigators follows the fortunes of a group of rail track workers based at a South Yorkshire depot as the privatization of British Rail takes effect. When Harpic, the depot boss, gives Paul, Mick and the rest of the gang their new working brief, the company's mission statement, performance related pay, and no paid holidays seems like a joke. But before long, the choice is very clear to the gang: take their chances with redundancy cash and life as casual agency workers, or work for the new company under the new rules ...


Ken Loach studied Law at Oxford, branching out afterwards into theater and performing with a repertory company. He then moved on to television and co-produced a series of docu-dramas, most notably Cathy Come Home (1966). He made his feature debut the following year with Poor Cow, followed by the highly acclaimed Kes in 1969. His other films include: The Gamekeeper (1980), Looks and Smiles (1981), Hidden Agenda (1990), winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes 1990, Riff-Raff (1990), winner of the Felix Award for Best European Film of that year, Raining Stones (1993) - winner of the Special Jury Award Cannes 1993, Land of Freedom (1994) - winner of the FIPRESCI International Critics' Award 1995 and the Ecumenical Jury Award Cannes 1995, My Name is Joe (1998), Bread and Roses (2000), The Navigators (2001), Sweet Sixteen (2002), among others.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Ken Loach
Screenplay Ken Loach, Rob Dawber
Cinematography Mike Eley, Barry Ackroyd
Jonathan Morris
George Fenton
Martin Johnson
Cast Dean Andrews, Tom Craig, Joe Duttine, Sean Glenn, Steve Huison, Venn Tracy
Producers Ulrich Felsberg, Rebecca O\'Brian
Production Company Parallax Independent Productions/London, in co-production with Road Movies Filmproduktion/Berlin, Tornasol Films, Madrid, Alta Films/Madrid
Length 92 min
Format 16 mm
Dubbed Versions German
Original Version
 English
Subtitled Version German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Venice 2001, Toronto 2001, Hof 2001, Rotterdam 2002, Minneapolis/St. Paul 2003

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