Ken Loach’s latest film “I, Daniel Blake” follows Daniel Blake (Dave John), a 59-year-old carpenter in North England who suffers a crippling heart attack. He applies for government benefits but immediately encounters a host of red tape that threaten his livelihood, such as when his benefits are denied because the state wants him to return to work against his doctor’s wishes. As Daniel struggles to win the right to appeal, he meets a single mother (Hayley Squires) with two kids in the welfare office who are being squeezed out of an increasingly-gentrified London; Blake helps them set up their new flat and soon they become close friends. Loach’s film tackles the social and medical bureaucracy facing millions of people across the globe who wish to just find some compassion out of a cruel, unfeeling world. Watch a trailer for the film above.
Ken Loach has been directing films for over fifty years. Some of his most acclaimed films include “Kes,” about a young boy and his relationship with a kestrel, and “Riff-Raff,” about a man (Robert Carlyle) recently released from prison who struggles to find employment. He has won the Palme D’Or on two occasions: In 2006 with “The Wind That Shakes The Barley,” and just this year with “I, Daniel Blake.”
“I, Daniel Blake” will premiere in the UK on October 21st. A U.S. release date has not yet been set.