Since his film Ladybird in 1994, award winning British director Ken Loach has always featured a three-legged hound in his films as a symbol of the underdog in society. What a wonderful mutt motif.
This year at Cannes Film Festival these heros of the underclass were awarded with the Palm DogManatarian Award which celebrates the fellowship between dogs and the human race. After two Palme d’Or wins the dogs who have been faithful companions for Ken’s socially award cinema received an award.
And so it was that the People’s director handed over a revolutionary red heart studded trophy collar to the triped pooch in his latest Palme d’Or winner, I, Daniel Blake at the Newcastle premiere of the film.
Revolutionary red and heart studded might equally sum up the spirit that pervades the work of one of Britain’s most internationally acclaimed directors.