Ken Loach: 'There Are So Many Stories To Tell'
British director Ken Loach has said he is struggling to make a decision about retirement after nearly 50 years in the movie-making business.
The 77-year-old has previously hinted he may call it a day after finishing his latest film Jimmy's Hall.
However, he said it is always tempting to keep going.
Speaking at the UK premiere of the film, which is about an Irish political activist in the 1930s, Loach said he would watch the World Cup and then "think again".
"There are so many stories to tell and documentaries are a good way of working as well," he said.
"There's never any shortage of characters to put on screen or things you want to reflect on.
"There's always an abundance of material, so that's never the problem really."
When promoting the film in Cannes last week, Loach said: "I think if you have it right at the beginning of your career, you tend to see everything as downhill after that ... it's good to come near the end but when there are still a few goals left in the forward line."
Barry Ward, who plays the lead character James Gralton in Loach's forthcoming movie, also finds it hard to believe Jimmy's Hall could be the director's last feature film.
"He had come out with that quote before we began shooting which, if anything, gave it an extra sense of specialness," he said.
"But we were all there to do a job, so that was at the back of our minds. I also think most of us had an inkling he wasn't going to retire so easily."
He added: "Give him a good enough story and ... he'll make the movie. He's not retiring."
Loach has had a critically acclaimed career, with a series of award-winning films.
In 2006, he was awarded the coveted Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for The Wind That Shakes The Barley, a war drama set during the Irish War of Independence and Irish Civil War.
Three years later, he collaborated with former Manchester United soccer star Eric Cantona on Looking for Eric, which showed at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2013, he was awarded the Golden Bear, a lifetime achievement award, at the Berlin Film Festival.
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