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The star of the iconic 1969 British film ‘Kes’ is making a rare public appearance outside Yorkshire to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film’s release.

Actor David ‘Dai’ Bradley became familiar to a generation of filmgoers as the troubled Yorkshire boy Billy Casper, whose relationship with a wild kestrel formed the basis of the multi-award winning movie.

50 years on, he is attending a special screening of the film at Newport’s Quay Arts on Friday 30th August, to meet fans and share insights about Kes, the profoundly influential film that became identified with the 15-year old lead actor.

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The film was the second feature film by director Ken Loach, who most recently directed the hugely successful “I, Daniel Blake” in 2018. Kes cemented Loach’s reputation as a filmmaker who was willing to tackle the social injustice and particularly class inequality that featured strongly in the film.

Dai Bradley won a BAFTA award for his role in Kes, which is ranked seventh in the British Film Institute’s Top Ten British Films and holds a score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The event will be Dai Bradley’s only public appearance this year outside of the north. The film screening of ‘Kes’ will be followed by a question and answer session led by Dr Sally Shaw from Portsmouth University’s School of Film, Media and Communication.

Dai said:

“Playing Billy Casper in Kes was an incredible experience for me, and I have enjoyed helping celebrate the film with fans across the country. The popularity of Kes is not confined to Yorkshire; I have heard from people all over England and beyond about how the film affected them. And, for the first time, I will be attending a screening of Kes on the beautiful Isle of Wight.”

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An Evening with Dai Bradley – Friday 30th August, 20:00 start.

For tickets, priced at £8, visit www.quayarts.org or call the Box Office on 01983 822490.

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