The film showing on Sunday May 12th at 8 pm is I, Daniel Blake (Director Ken Loach (UK 2016) 100 mins Cert 15).
Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, this film from legendary director Ken Loach is a gripping, human tale about the impact one man can make. Gruff but goodhearted, Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a man out of time: a widowed woodworker who’s never owned a computer, he lives according to his own common sense moral code. He has assets, but not the kind that the market rates highly since they have little monetary value: qualities such as integrity, honesty and compassion. Blake’s attributes carry little weight in a system designed to pitch one human being (the bureaucrat) against another (the citizen temporarily in need of state support) at a time of “necessary” austerity.
After a heart attack leaves him unable to work and the state welfare system fails him, the stubbornly self-reliant Daniel must stand up and fight for his dignity, leading a one-man crusade for compassion that will transform the lives of a struggling single mother Katie (Hayley Squires) and her two children. Graced with humour and heart, I, Daniel Blake is a moving, much-needed reminder of the power of empathy from one of the world’s greatest living filmmakers.