I, Daniel Blake

I, Daniel Blake

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.

I, Daniel Blake is directed by Ken Loach with the script written by Paul Laverty.

Running Time
100 minutes
Release to DVD: T.B.A.

The Critics Comment

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NY Times/Stephen Holden
"I, Daniel Blake" is a powerful return to form for Mr. Loach, the much-honored left-wing British filmmaker who is now 80 and is still in full command as a filmmaker and a social critic.

Rolling Stone/Peter Travers
This new Ken Loach landmark sums up everything that has kept his muckraking motor running for decades. An old-school social realist, the 80-year-old filmmaker again speaks up for the exploited lower classes.

Christian Science Monitor/Peter Rainer
Loach's low-key naturalism, which barely masks his fury at the injustices perpetrated on screen, is matched by Dave Johns's performance as Daniel.

Los Angeles Times/Roger Abele
A combination of traditional movie naturalism and still-seething anger is at the rabble-rousing heart of "I, Daniel Blake," Loach's latest clear-eyed bulletin from the world of the dispossessed.

Newark Star-Ledger/Stephen Whitty
I, Daniel Blake" speaks to anyone who's ever had to deal with our horrible modern world, made up of equal parts Kafka and Orwell ...

Hollywood Reporter/David Rooney
While the framework and perspective are familiar, the veteran Brit director's films can still have the power to grip us in an emotional chokehold.


Cannes International Film Festival Winner: Palme d'Or

Denver International Film Festival Winner: Special Jury Prize Best Actress (Hayley Squires)

Dublin Film Festival Winner: Breakthrough Actress (Hayley Johns), Best Film and Best Actor (Dave Johns)

European Film Awards Winner: European University Film Award

Locarno International Film Festival Winner: Audience Award

London Critics Circle Awards Winner: Best British/Irish Film of the Year

San Sebastian International Film Festival Winner: Audience Award

Stockholm International Film Festival Winner: Audience Award

Vancouver International Film Festival Winner: International Award

Related Links

Internet Movie Database
Rotten Tomatoes
Interview with director Ken Loach