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Ken Loach discovers how the other half live

16 February 2017

4:01 PM

16 February 2017

4:01 PM

Ken Loach has carved out a name as something of a Corbynista luvvie. The director put together a droning, hour-long promotional film for the Labour leader last year. And Corbyn returned in kind by offering a glowing review of his pal’s recent I, Daniel Blake movie, which he urged people to go and see.

This week, Loach stepped up his campaign against the Tories by criticising the Government in a speech at the Baftas, saying the Conservatives ‘must be removed’ from office. Loach also made it clear whose side he was on in the battle between the wealthy and the poor:

‘And in the struggle that’s coming between the rich and the powerful, the corporations and the politicians that speak for them, and the rest of us on the other side, the film-makers know which side they’re on.’

But can Loach really be described as being on the ‘other side’ of the rich and powerful? While Loach’s biopics tell the story of the downtrodden working classes, the director’s business details appear to paint a different story. For his thriving film company Sixteen Films Limited, the director lists as his correspondence address a delightful four bedroom house — billed by estate agents as a ‘spectacular Grade II listed Georgian home’:

‘A rarely available, spectacular Grade II listed Georgian home constructed in the 1780s, which has recently undergone a meticulous refurbishment programme and is presented in all its former splendour, retaining a wealth of original period features including fireplaces and panelling in several rooms. Arranged over five floors with generous and flexible accommodation and further benefiting from a lush 140′ garden with private off street parking.’

The house lies on a road in North London where properties can sell in the region of £2m.

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