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Ken Loach and Crisis at the British Film Institute

This year Crisis is marking the 40th anniversary of Crisis at Christmas, with events planned in commemoration throughout the rest of the year, culminating in special Crisis at Christmas events in December. As part of the anniversary, Crisis will be hosting a special screening of the film Cathy Come Home at the BFI Southbank on Tuesday 4 October.

Directed by Ken Loach, Cathy Come Home is a landmark British film which was first broadcast in 1966. The film brought the scandal of homelessness to the public's attention, and gave the public their first look at social issues such as squatting, which until then had been unknown to most people.

This first broadcast of the drama was one of the catalysts which led to the creation of Crisis as the national charity for single homeless people, which makes the upcoming BFI screening especially poignant.

On the night, the screening of the drama will be followed by a panel debate featuring special guest speakers including Cathy Come Home's director, Ken Loach, and the Chief Executive of Crisis, Leslie Morphy and chaired by journalist Polly Toynbee. The panel will ask the question: "After all these years, are we any closer to ending homelessness?"

To find out more information about the screening and debate, or to find out how to book tickets, visit the BFI South bank website,. 

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