Born in 1936, the British director and screenplay writer Ken Loach is one of the most prestigious European filmmakers. Social drama forms the thematic focus of his work and reflects Loach’s socialist beliefs. Loach attracted a lot of attention with his 1966 debut film CATHY COME HOME. He won the Golden Palm at the 59th Cannes Film Festival in 2006 with THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY. Further awards include the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, which Loach received for his life’s work in 1994, and the prize awarded by the Ecumenical Jury at the 2004 Berlinale for JUST A KISS. Ken Loach’s workshop talk opened the 2008 ZFF Master Class series and concentrated on MY NAME IS JOE, THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY and IT`S A FREE WORLD.