“I think reflecting the world we know can make beautiful cinema because it can celebrate who we are,” he said.
“It can laugh with us, it can cry with us, it can learn about our deepest feelings and what it is to be human – you find that in the everyday”.
It is three years since he released I, Daniel Blake – his 2016 film which won plaudits for its depiction of austerity Britain, looking at the victims of the welfare system.
Sorry We Missed You is about a family in which both parents are in insecure work with no holiday or sick pay and struggling to bring up their family.
Loach said his new film is based “entirely on fact” with the writer Paul Laverty doing research with van drivers and care workers to bring the characters to life.
What interested them was “the world outside where we put on a smiley face and the world inside our personal relationships where you’re exhausted, you drop the smiles and that’s when the tensions, the stress, the anger plays out”.
Loach told Sky News that zero-hour contracts and the gig economy is “the reality of the free market, which the government does everything it can to support, where harsh competition means big companies compete on price, they cut their labour costs with no holiday pay, no sick pay with workers they have no responsibility to – they can just sack them overnight”.
He went on to lay the blame with the government.
“It equals absolute exploitation but the government supports it, keeps it in place, keeps the taxes on big business low, people in poverty wages and a benefit system designed to trap people in a bureaucratic tangle so they’re so terrified of having to go to a food bank that they will take any job however crude the exploitation”.