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Festival in Media
Section: Forum of European Cinema
Country: UK /France/Belgium
Year: 2016


I, Daniel Blake

100 min, color

Director Ken Loach Screenplay Paul Laverty Cinematography Robbie Ryan Editing Jonathan Morris Music George Fenton Cast Dave Johns, Hayley Squires

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 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.

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Ken Loach


Born in 1936 in Nuneaton, Ken Loach studied law at Oxford, but branched into a repertory stage career. Loach made his feature debut Poor Cow in 1967 and with Kes, two years later, he directed what is now acclaimed as one of the finest films ever made in Britain. His socially combative work over the next decade or two was often kept off the radar by a combination of poor distribution and broadcasting censorship. Loach's star rose again in the 1990s as award followed award for feature work no less engaged, and he came to be regarded as one of Europe's premier filmmakers.









2016 I, Daniel Blake

2014 Jimmy's Hall

2013 The Spirit of '45 (Documentary)

2012 The Angels' Share

2010 Route Irish

2009 Looking for Eric

2007 It's a Free World...

2007 To Each His Own Cinema (segment "Happy Ending")

2006 The Wind That Shakes the Barley

2005 McLibel (Documentary)

2005 Tickets

2004 Ae Fond Kiss...

2002 September 11 (segment "United Kingdom")

2002/I Sweet Sixteen

2001 The Navigators

2000 Bread and Roses

1998 The Flickering Flame (Documentary)

1998 McLibel: Two Worlds Collide (Documentary)

1998 My Name Is Joe

1996 Carla's Song

1995 A Contemporary Case for Common Ownership (Documentary short)

1995 Land and Freedom

1994 Ladybird Ladybird

1993 Raining Stones

1991 Riff-Raff

1990 Hidden Agenda

1989 The View from the Woodpile (TV Movie documentary)

1989 Time to Go (Documentary short)

1986 Singing the Blues in Red

1985 Which Side Are You On? (Documentary)

1983 Questions of Leadership (TV Movie documentary)

1983 The Red and the Blue: Impressions of Two Political Conferences - Autumn 1982 (TV Movie documentary)

1981 Looks and Smiles

1981 A Question of Leadership (TV Movie documentary)

1980 Auditions (TV Movie documentary)

1980 The Gamekeeper

1979 Black Jack (as Kenneth Loach)

1971-1977 Play for Today (TV Series) (3 episodes)

1975 Days of Hope (TV Mini-Series) (4 episodes)

1973 A Misfortune (TV Movie)

1973 Full House (TV Series) (1 episode)

1971 The Save the Children Fund Film (Documentary)

1971 Family Life (as Kenneth Loach)

1971 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series) (1 episode)

1969 Kes (as Kenneth Loach)

1965-1969 The Wednesday Play (TV Series) (10 episodes)

1967 Poor Cow (as Kenneth Loach)

1964 Diary of a Young Man (TV Series) (3 episodes)

1964 Z Cars (TV Series) (3 episodes)


1964 Teletale (TV Series) (1 episode)