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.
Country: United Kingdom, France
Duration: 97 min.
Directed by: Ken Loach
Written by: Paul Laverty
Produced by: Rebecca O'Brien
Director of Photography: Robbie Ryan
Main Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Briana Shann
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.