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