A film by Ken Loach
“Funny, tough and hard-hitting.” Alexander Walker, Evening Standard
“Terribly sad and achingly funny – The Navigators begs to be seen.” Daily Telegraph
The Navigators follows the fortunes of a group of rail track workers based at a South Yorkshire depot, as the privatisation of British Rail takes effect. When ‘Harpic’, the depot boss, gives Paul, Mick and the rest of the gang their new working brief - the company’s ‘Mission Statement’ - ‘performance related pay’ and unpaid holidays seem like a joke. But before long, the choice is made clear to the gang: take their chances with redundancy pay-off and life as casual agency workers, or toe the line and work for the new company under the new rules….
A superb ensemble cast – including Steve Huison (The Full Monty), Joe Duttine (Pie in the Sky) Tom Craig (Where the Heart Is) and veterans of the Northern entertainment circuit Venn Tracey, Dean Andrews, Sean Glenn and Charlie Brown – bring the embattled gang of workers to life with warmth, authenticity and genuine affection, the dry Yorkshire humour of their banter played with brilliant comic timing.
- Railing Against It, a documentary made for BBC Television about the film’s writer, Rob Dawber.
- An early British Transport Film, Making Tracks.
- Deleted scenes with editor’s commentary.
- Director’s biography.
- Optional subtitles for the hard of hearing.
English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles
Original aspect ratio
- 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories
- B - Includes most European and Middle-Eastern countries, all of Africa, Australia and New Zealand