Film 27 – I Daniel Blake – 100 minutes – 15

Director – Ken Loach

Main Cast

  • Dave Johns
  • Hayley Squires
  • Briana Shann
  • Dylan McKiernan

I feel the need to write this before I go to bed; I thought I’d missed this highly acclaimed film, but Silver Screen saved me!  The winner of the BAFTA for Outstanding British Film of The Year truly lives up to the title.  A film for the times we live in it’s a shocking portrayal of the benefits system and those in need of its help in a society of haves and have nots.  The main character Daniel is recovering from a heart attack and is advised not to work but still has his benefits and only way of survival removed by a hugely flawed system.  Yet he shows incredible kindness to a young single mother in dire straits Katie, the relationship he builds with this young woman and her 2 children is as sad as it’s heartwarming.  I spent most of the film either shaking my head in disgust/disbelief or in tears at the lows of the lives of these decent people.  It’s a film that’s left me feeling shame at the inequities in the wealthy country I live in, that needs food banks with donated food for some to live.  A must see film

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