Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
2016, UK, 100 minutes, (15)
Director – Ken Loach
A moving and fiery rail against social injustice. Daniel Blake, a middle aged widower in the North East unable to work or get benefits after a heart attack befriends a struggling single mum who is reduced to using food banks to feed her family. Heart-breaking and passionate.
Preceded by short film from Shelter Cymru. Wine reception after the film for members
A new record, 97.53% for the first film of the season, ‘I, Daniel Blake’:
- Excellent social commentary – perhaps slightly one sided – not all job centre staff are hostile
- Very well made. They could have gone over the top but this was just right and exactly as it is in real life as I have witnessed
- Heart-breaking and extremely moving. Sadly very true
- Brilliant – thought provoking
- Should be compulsory viewing for everyone – especially MPs
- Very down to earth, true to life which is a pity
- Where is empathy in our society?
- Excellent film having been affected by these issues ourselves
- A moving expose of our so called caring society. We’re all in this together? I think not.
- Hard hitting and absolutely real and true
- Completely changed my views on the benefits system – harrowing film
- This is not fiction – it UK now – our shame
- Brilliant as only Ken Loach can do. So sad, such an indictment of Britain today
- British film making at ist best an intelligent and deeply moving protralay of the realities of modern Britain beyond the bullshit of sound-bite politicians. Remarkable.
- One less statistic for the government to worry about.
- Awesome but a sad indictment of our society
- Full frustration – I wonder how I would do in similar circumstance
- Very moving. The single mum reminded me of me moving into a home with my child struggling. Really felt for the characters. Made the injustice of the benefits system really clear
- It’s a heart-breaking yet heart-warming film, and it challenges ones assumptions about the state supporting attitude to its citizens
- As powerful a film as you would expect from Ken Loach – just wish I could have understood all the dialogue – perhaps I should see the subtitled French version next!
- Incredible – everyone should see it – distraught
- Shows the lethal consequences of lack of respect
- Dickens in modern dress – oh brave new world
- Too close to the truth – well acted
- Personal truth heart-wrenching film – ken loach’s best film – truthful to the core – time for a revolution
- I cant stop crying and I feel angry – I do not understand how the system works
- Absolutely wonderful, powerful, profound, looking-glass into real life for many citizens of our society. Should be compulsory viewing for everyone