I, Daniel Blake


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Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:100 min.
Director:Ken Loach
Producer:Rebecca O'Brien
Screenwriter:Paul Laverty
Cinematographer:Robbie Ryan
Editor:Jonathan Morris
Cast:Dave Johns
Hayley Squires
Dylan McKiernan
Briana Shann
Print Source:IFC Films
Note Writer:Tim Grierson


A heartrending drama, I, Daniel Blake poignantly chronicles the luckless people who fall through society’s cracks. Dave Johns plays Daniel, a middle-aged carpenter who is out of a job yet unable to collect benefits after a heart attack. He’s trapped in a bureaucratic nightmare, but one that brings him into contact with Katie (Hayley Squires), a young single mother of two in similar financial straits. The winner of this year’s Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or—the second for veteran director Ken Loach (The Wind That Shakes the Barley)—I, Daniel Blake is spare but sympathetic. The drama illustrates how poverty strips away people’s dignity, our most vulnerable citizens essentially forced to fend for themselves when uncaring government employees turn a blind eye. Johns embodies Daniel’s quiet decency, but Squires is the film’s secret weapon: Her Katie is a deeply felt portrait of perseverance in the face of seemingly overwhelming hopelessness.
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Kenneth Charles "Ken" Loach is an English film and television director. He is known for his socially critical directing style and for his socialist ideals, which are evident in his film treatment of social issues such as poverty, homelessness (Cathy Come Home, 1966) and labour rights (Riff-Raff, 1991, and The Navigators, 2001). Loach's film Kes (1969) was voted the seventh greatest British film of the 20th century in a poll by the British Film Institute. Two of his films, The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) and I, Daniel Blake (2016) received the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, making him the ninth filmmaker to win the prestigious award twice.