Cert: 15 Runtime: 100 mins Director: Ken Loach Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Brianna Shann and Dylan McKiernan
I am a citizen, no more and no less
Ken Loach is a master British film maker. He has always portrayed the current status of our society for decades. I, Daniel Blake won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year. Ever since it has grabbed my attention! Since the film has been released politicians, celebrities and us the people have been talking about the impact of this film in our hundreds. How can a film made by Ken Loach do this? The simple answer is Ken Loach knows his country! So what is I, Daniel Blake about? Daniel (Dave Johns) is a friendly 59-year-old joiner who is unable to work due to bad health. However the Department of Work and Pensions overrides the doctor’s report and refuses to award benefits. Daniel must be seen to look for a job although, on doctor’s orders, he cannot accept any work. It’s an absurd predicament that reaches Kafkaesque proportions as the hero becomes buried in red tape and jobsworth employees. As characters try to help each other despite their own troubles, Loach also offers humor and hope.
I, Daniel Blake is probably the most important film about the British welfare system ever. Before I get all political on you. This is such a simple film with a powerful message. Loach really takes the imagery and smacks you over the head with it. The dialogue is simple but you see the tension and the anxiety in the characters facial expressions. Dave Johns and Hayley Squires chemistry flows through the film. We all need a Daniel Blake in our lives if you ask me. Our society is full of greed and selfishness we forget about people. What this film has taught me is not to be as judgmental and help more. One scene had me in bits, I wept like a child during the food bank scene.I can see why I, Daniel Blake received a 15 minute standing ovation and the Palme d’or. It’s a film for the people! It’s not all doom and gloom, there is a great element of comedy here. Dave Johns delivers great one liners through out. Just making people smile can make their day better. Ken Loach has asked for change in our welfare system and I whole heartedly agree with him. The state are treating people like cattle and only giving them a few moments of their time. The whole points system for disability allowance is a farce and needs improving. The lives of the most vulnerable can be at stake. Truly I, Daniel Blake is a wake up message for our current Torrie government? You may say that I, Daniel Blake is a work of fiction. But this is how life is in Britain currently. Watch this film people!