I, Daniel Blake

I, Daniel Blake
  • 2016
  • UK/France
  • 100 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ken Loach
  • Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires

Newly widowed Newcastle joiner Daniel (Johns) has worked all his life, but when his doctor tells him that his heart condition means he can't work, the welfare system disagrees. Familiar territory for Loach and screenwriter Laverty but despite unapologetic heartstring-tugging, the subject – the system's intrinsic cruelty and unfairness – is sadly more relevant than ever.

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I, Daniel Blake is renowned director Ken Loach’s latest, Palme d’Or winning film. The eponymous Daniel falls into unemployment and the welfare trap through ill health and befriends a single mother similarly struggling to survive. Their Kafka-esque situation illustrates the nightmare of the post-austerity benefit system. This special screening is introduced by DMU’s Dr Deborah Much.

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I, Daniel Blake

13 May 20164 stars

Cannes 2016: Ken Loach tackles the age of austerity with predictably stirring results

Fifty years on from Cathy Come Home, Britain feels even more divided as the rich get richer and the poor get stigmatised. It is fertile ground for director Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty as they tackle an age of welfare cuts, austerity and food…

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