CIFF Feature I DANIEL BLAKE web 2
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I, Daniel Blake

Year 2016
Runtime 100 mins

Selected as a Top 10 Audience Favourite of the Festival 

Following a heart attack, Daniel Blake (Dave Johns, Comedy Store Players) finds himself unable to work and at odds with the British welfare system. While navigating the turbulence of Britain’s bureaucracy, Daniel meets Katie (Hayley Squires, A ROYAL NIGHT OUT, CALL THE MIDWIFE): a homeless, unemployed, single mother of two who’s been faced with relocation to find work. When their benefits are stopped due to a specific clause in the benefits system, the two friends struggle through humiliation, degradation and despair while attempting to preserve a sense of dignity and make ends meet.

Dave Johns, a stand-up comedian by trade, offers a heartwrenching dramatic performance in this portrait of modern British social realism. The latest offering by Director Ken Loach (THE ANGELS’ SHARE, SWEET SIXTEEN) won the 2016 Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Awards
Cannes Film Festival, Palme d'Or, Palm DogManitarian Award & Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Special Mention
Festivals
Cannes Film Festival, New Zealand International Film Festival
Director
Ken Loach
Executive Producer
Pascal Caucheteux, Grégoire Sorlat, Vincent Maraval
Producer
Rebecca O’brien
Screenwriter
Paul Laverty
Editor
Jonathan Morris
Production Design
Fergus Clegg, Linda Wilson
Music
George Fenton
Cast
Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Dylan Mckiernan, Briana Shann, Kate Rutter, Sharon Percy, Kema Sikazwe
Sound
Ray Beckett