Double Bill: The Rank and File & In the Heel of the Hunt

Two more of Allen’s highly charged political dramas. The former a BBC Play for Today directed by Loach that was an immediate response to the Pilkington Glass strike that took place in St. Helens in 1970 (the action is moved to Stoke).  The latter, another fiercely political drama, is a rarely seen collaboration between Allen and director Leslie Woodhead for Granada television.

Find out more about our Jim Allen Retrospective in this month’s film podcast. (Tune in from 1 minute 42 seconds).

The Rank and File
Dir Ken Loach/GB 1971/78 mins
Peter Kerrigan, Bill Dean, Tommy Summers


In the Heel of the Hunt
Dir Leslie Woodhead /GB 1973/78 mins
Ron Hackett, Ian Hastings, Barry Keegan