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Family Life (US: Wednesday's Child)[2] is a 1971 British drama film directed by Ken Loach from a screenplay by David Mercer. It is a remake of In Two Minds, an episode of the BBC's Wednesday Play series first transmitted by the BBC in March 1967, which was also written by Mercer and directed by Loach,[3]

Family Life
Directed byKen Loach
Produced byTony Garnett
Screenplay byDavid Mercer
StarringSandy Ratcliff
Malcolm Tierney
Grace Cave
Music byMarc Wilkinson
CinematographyCharles Stewart
Edited byRoy Watts
Kestrel Films
Distributed byMGM-EMI (UK theatrical)
Cinema 5 Distributing (US theatrical)
Release date
  • 2 December 1971 (1971-12-02) (UK)
  • 5 October 1972 (1972-10-05) (USA)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$1,827,374SEK ($291,648USD)



A young woman, Janice, is living with her restrictive and conservative parents, who lead a dull working-class life, and consider their daughter to be "misbehaving" whenever she's trying to find her own way in life. When she becomes pregnant, they force her into abortion, and hypocritically blame her for "upsetting them" when she is unable to cope with the emotional and mental effect this has on her. Janice is subjected to shockingly self-righteous and ignorant doctors.



Half the budget was provided by the National Film Finance Corporation the other half by Nat Cohen and Anglo-EMI.[4][5] The film was screened at the New York Film Festival on 3 October 1972.[6]





  1. ^ Walker, Alexander (1974). Hollywood, England. London & New York City: Harrap/Stein and Day. p. 381.
  2. ^ Roberts, Jerry (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors. Lanham, Maryland & Plymouth, UK: Scarecrow Press. p. 344.
  3. ^ Kemp, Philip (2003–14). "Family Life (1971)". BFI Screenonline. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  4. ^ Barnett, Anthony; McGrath, John; Mathews, John; Wollen, Peter (1976). "Interview with Tony Garnett and Ken Loach: Family Life in the making". Jump Cut (10–11): 43–45. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  5. ^ Harper, Sue; Smith, Justin T. British Film Culture: The Boundaries of Pleasure. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. p. 305.
  6. ^ Greenspun, Roger (4 October 1972). "Film Fete: Woes of Womanas 'Wednesday's Child'". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 October 2016.

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