The Navigators - subtitled Stories from the Trackside - spins a web of incidents around the privatisation of the British rail industry in the mid 1990s; its writer, Rob Dawber, both lived these events and died (from asbestos poisoning) as a resultI fell in love with Loach's work after seeing 'My Name is Joe' at a previous BIFF. I was looking forward to his latest work with keen anticipation. And I was not disappointed. The Navigators is a superb documentary-style drama centered around half a dozen ex-British Rail workers who have to face up to the harsh reality of privatisation in the modern rail industry.
Each character is keenly realised and fleshed out - there is not a stone left unturned in this superb drama. Just when you start to realise it is a work of fiction you are brought heavily back to reality with its stark and sometimes bitter portrayal of the worker - an area which Loach loves to work with.This film says a lot of very bold things about the way British Rail workers were treated and continue to be treated to this day. It is a must see for anyone interested in the history of rail.