Ken Loach, the feisty, 76-year-old, left-leaning British director whose latest film, “The Angels’ Share,” opens Friday in Boston, released a statement on April 8 following the death of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. He described her as “the most divisive and destructive prime minister of modern times.” Then he added: “How should we honor her? Let’s privatise her funeral. Put it out to competitive tender and accept the cheapest bid. It’s what she would have wanted.”
His suggestion was not heeded — Thatcher’s state-sponsored funeral cost the British taxpayers $15 million. To be fair, Loach also might have extended his gratitude to Thatcher for providing him material for a fair share of the films he has made over a five-decade-long career, among them such classics of socially conscious cinema as “Kes” (1969), “Raining Stones” (1991), and “My Name Is Joe” (1998). “The Angels’ Share” is the latest in this lineage, drawing inspiration from the lingering aftermath of Thatcher’s draconian economic policies of the early 1980s.