UK, France 2016

Synopsis

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.

Biography

Ken Loach was born in 1936 in Nuneaton. He attended King Edward VI Grammar School and went on to study law at St. Peter’s Hall, Oxford. After a brief spell in the theatre, Loach was recruited by the BBC in 1963 as a television director.
This launched a long career directing films for television and the cinema, from CATHY COME HOME and KES in the sixties to LAND AND FREEDOM, SWEET SIXTEEN and THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY, and THE ANGELS' SHARE, THE SPIRIT OF '45 and JIMMY'S HALL in recent years.

Filmography
2014 - JIMMY'S HALL
2013 - THE SPIRIT of '45
2012 - THE ANGELS' SHARE
2009 - ROUTE IRISH
2008 - LOOKING FOR ERIC
2007 - IT’S A FREE WORLD…
2006 - THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY
2003 - AE FOND KISS
2002 - SWEET SIXTEEN
2001 - THE NAVIGATORS
2000 - BREAD AND ROSES
1998 - MY NAME IS JOE
1996 - CARLA’S SONG
1995 - LAND AND FREEDOM
1993 - RAINING STONES
1991 - RIFF-RAFF
1990 - HIDDEN AGENDA
1969 - KES
1967 - POOR COW
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Cast & Crew

Directed by : Ken Loach

Written by : Paul Laverty

Produced by : Rebecca O'Brien

Director of Photography : Robbie Ryan

Editor : Jonathan Morris

Production Design : Fergus Clegg

Costume Design : Kevin Brazier

Main Cast : Dave Johns (Daniel), Hayley Squires (Kattie), Briana Shann (Daisy)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Screenwriter 2016
  • European Actor 2016
  • European Director 2016
  • European Film 2016
  • EFA Selection 2016