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I, Daniel Blake (2016)

Published in I
Tuesday, 25 October 2016 22:45
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Additional Info

  • Rating

    MA15+: Strong coarse language.

  • The pitch

    Aye, Daniel bleak.

  • Starring

    Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy, Briana Shann, Dylan McKiernan, Kate Rutter

  • Directed by

    Ken Loach

  • Running time

    100 minutes

  • Rated

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)


    A man is arrested. Friends playfight. A tile falls from a wall and breaks. Shoplifting, graffiti. Yelling, arguing. Criminal damage mentioned. Blood/gore: Dead body. Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Major heart attack mentioned.


    Prostitution (implied). Shirtless man, cleavage, lingerie.


    A man takes prescription pills. Smoking. Going to the pub for a pint mentioned.


    C-word, f-words, s-words, a-words, bloody, bastard, p*ss, tw*ts, w*nker. Religious exclamations (Jesus, oh my God).


    Welfare, support payments, single parenting, poverty, heart conditions, bureaucratic cruelty, social justice, the system, appeals, forms, working class, council housing, jobseekers, food banks, hunger, dignity, rock bottom, small acts of kindness, carpentry, widowers.


    Dead friend, payment demand notice. Dead wife mentioned. Funeral setting. Dogs, dog poo, toilet. Loss of bowel control, major heart attack mentioned.


    Unblinking, neo-realist, moving, relevant, tender, warm, funny, damning, urgent, rallying, contemporary, wrenching, relatable, succinct, furious, blunt, dignified, unadorned, unapologetic, touching, rudimentary, intimate. Powerful/moving/restrained/convincing performance by Dave Jones, emotional/subdued/convincing performance by Hayley Squires, incisive characterisations, simple/powerful storytelling, amusing opening scene, heart-wrenching food bank scene, minimal score.


    Predictable. Repeated indignations nudge the story into soapbox/melodrama.