I, Daniel Blake
Dir: Ken Loach / UK, France, Belgium / 100 mins Daniel Blake, a 59-year-old carpenter in Newcastle, needs help from the State for the first time in his life, as he is fighting to collect his Employment and Support Allowance.Government illogic stipulates that his benefits will be taken away unless he looks for work, yet doctor’s orders prevent him from working. 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. A mutually beneficial alliance, and makeshift extended family, is formed. Daniel and Katie now find themselves in no-man’s land caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy.
Direction Ken Loach
Screenplay Paul Laverty
Cinematography Robbie Ryan Sound Ray Beckett
Editing Jonathan Morris
Music George Fenton
Cast Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Briana Shann, Dylan Phillip Mckiernan