I, Daniel Blake

2016/color/100 mins/ UK, Belgium, France

Category Special Tribute
Director Ken Loach
Producer Rebecca OBrien
Screenplay Paul Laverty
Cinematography Robbie Ryan
Editor Jonathan Morris
Music George Fenton
Set Linda Wilson
Costume Joanne Slate
Cast Dave Johns (Dan), Hayley Squires (Katie), Briana Shann (Daisy), Phillip Mckiernan (Dylan)
Production Company A Le Pacte
World Sales Wild Bunch, Paris
Festival/Awards NULL

Daniel Blake, 59, has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, after a heart attack and nearly falling from a scaffold, he needs help from the State for the first time in his life. He crosses paths with a single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katies only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesnt know some 300 miles away. Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-mans land caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of "striver and skiver" in modern day Britain.