Winner of the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, director Ken Loach's moving drama explores the experiences of individuals and families facing uncertainty as they navigate the bureaucracy of social services.
Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) has worked as a carpenter and joiner most of his life in Newcastle, England. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State as he recuperates from a heart attack. Crossing paths with single mother Katie (Hayley Squires) and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan, the two adults find themselves struggling with the mire of conditions, forms and demands of social services. 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, while also taking solace in one another's friendship and acts of human kindness.
Winner: Best Film, San Sebastian International Film Festival. Winner: Audience Award, Vancouver International Film festival. Winner: Audience Award, Locarno International Film Festival.
Release Date: November 17, 2016
Running time: 1hr 41mins