Dogwoof Films


An impassioned documentary about how the spirit of unity which buoyed Britain during the war years carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society


1945 was a pivotal year in British history. The unity that carried Britain through the war allied to the bitter memories of the inter-war years led to a vision of a better society. The spirit of the age was to be our brother’s and our sister’s keeper. Director Ken Loach has used film from Britain’s regional and national archives, alongside sound recordings and contemporary interviews to create a rich political and social narrative. The Spirit of ‘45 hopes to illuminate and celebrate a period of unprecedented community spirit in the UK, the impact of which endured for many years and which may yet be rediscovered today.

Reviews (13)

  • "Film of the Week" – Sight and Sound Magazine
  • "Ken Loach's nostalgic homage to the birth of the welfare state and Beveridge spirit is salutary for our age of austerity" 4The Guardian
  • "As honest as it is refreshingly hopeful " 5The Hollywood News
  • "A salutary reminder of exactly what Ken Loach is for" 4The Telegraph
  • "Powerful, rousing and saddening" 4Time Out
  • "Magnificently done" 4The Evening Standard
  • "His evocative calibrating of the footage makes one wish there was more to come" 4The Arts Desk
  • "Director Ken Loach’s timely and gloriously partisan documentary harkens back to a key moment in British politics" 4The Metro
  • "Both compelling and meaningful" 4CineVue
  • "Passionate and deeply personal but done with Loach's usual humane intelligence as well as a patient elegance of style. It made me cry." – The Observer
  • "Moving and compulsive, the euphoria of 1945 needs to be revisited and remembered" – Screen International
  • "Films are rarely this committed or, indeed, persuasive" – The Guardian
  • "The archive footage is carefully chosen and often quite wonderful" – Indiewire


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Dogwoof films to screen as part of Scalarama

September 1st, 2014

September sees the return of Scalarama

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The Spirit of 45 is BIFA nominated

November 11th, 2013

Ken Loach's doc is up for Best British Documentary

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Dogwoof nominated for 5 Screen Awards

August 21st, 2013

We're up for distributor of the year!

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