I, DANIEL BLAKE
Drama – 2016 – UK – 100 Minutes – IFC Films – Rated R
Daniel Blake (59) has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with a single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know, some 300 miles away. Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern day Britain.
Directed by Ken Loach
Starring Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy
This powerful parable about the failings of the benefits system avoids irony and cynicism and treats its troubled characters with humour and humanity. – The Guardian
I, Daniel Blake is one of Loach’s finest films, a drama of tender devastation that tells its story with an unblinking neorealist simplicity that goes right back to the plainspoken purity of Vittorio De Sica. – Variety
A scalding, perfectly wrought film about a man’s struggle to assert his dignity in a bureaucratic system that’s rigged to destroy it. – Film Journal International