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I, Daniel Blake is a 2016 drama film directed by Ken Loach
Ken Loach
and written by Loach's frequent collaborator Paul Laverty. It stars Dave Johns as Daniel Blake, who is denied employment and support allowance despite his doctor finding him unfit to work. Hayley Squires co-stars as Katie, a struggling single mother whom Daniel befriends. The film won the Palme d'Or
Palme d'Or
at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the Prix du public at the 2016 Locarno International Film Festival,[3][4][5] and the 2017 BAFTA
BAFTA
for Outstanding British Film.[6]

Contents

1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 4 Reception

4.1 Critical response 4.2 Box office 4.3 Political response 4.4 Accolades

5 References 6 External links

Plot[edit] Widower Daniel Blake, a 59-year-old joiner living in Newcastle, has had a heart attack at work. Though his cardiologist has not allowed him to return to work, Daniel is deemed fit to do so after a work capability assessment and denied employment and support allowance. He is frustrated to learn that his doctor was not contacted about the decision, and applies for an appeal, a process he finds difficult because he must complete forms online and is not computer literate. Daniel befriends single mother Katie after she is sanctioned for arriving late for a jobcentre appointment. Katie and her children have just moved to Newcastle from a London homeless persons' hostel, as there is no affordable accommodation available in London. Daniel helps the family by repairing objects, teaching them how to heat rooms without electricity and crafting wooden toys for the children. During a visit to a food bank, Katie is overcome by hunger and breaks down. After she is caught shoplifting at a supermarket, a security guard offers her work as a prostitute. Daniel surprises her at the brothel, where he begs her to give up the job, but she tearfully insists she has no other choice to feed her children. As a condition for receiving jobseeker's allowance, Daniel must keep looking for work. He refuses a job at a scrapyard because his doctor will not allow him to work yet. When Daniel's work coach tells him he must work harder to find a job or be sanctioned, Daniel spraypaints "I, Daniel Blake, demand my appeal date before I starve" on the building. He earns the support of passersby, including other benefits claimants, but is arrested and warned by the police. Daniel sells most of his belongings and becomes withdrawn. On the day of Daniel's appeal, Katie accompanies him to court. A welfare adviser tells Daniel that his case looks sound. On glimpsing the judge and doctor who will decide his case, Daniel becomes anxious and visits the lavatory, where he suffers a heart attack and dies. At his public health funeral, Katie reads the eulogy, including the speech Daniel had intended to read at his appeal. The speech describes his feelings about how the welfare system failed him by treating him like a dog instead of a man proud to have paid his dues to society. Cast[edit]

Dave Johns as Daniel Blake Hayley Squires as Katie Morgan Dylan McKiernan as Dylan Morgan Briana Shann as Daisy Morgan Kate Rutter as Ann Kema Sikazwe as China Steven Richens as Piper Gavin Webster as Joe

Production[edit] Principal photography began in October 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne
and the surrounding area.[7] The film was produced by Rebecca O'Brien[8] for Sixteen Films, Why Not Productions and Wild Bunch with the support of the British Film Institute
British Film Institute
and BBC Films.[9] Reception[edit] Critical response[edit] On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 93%, based on 166 reviews, with an average rating of 8/10.[10] The site's consensus reads: " I, Daniel Blake marks yet another well-told chapter in director Ken Loach's powerfully populist filmography."[10] On Metacritic
Metacritic
the film has a score of 78 out of 100 score, based on 31 critics, indicating "generally favourable reviews".[11] Box office[edit] I, Daniel Blake became Ken Loach's biggest success at the UK box office, and the film sparked debate in the country.[12][13] Political response[edit] There has been a wide variety of both praise and criticism of the film from politicians. Former Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith referred to the film as unfair, aiming particular criticism at its portrayal of Jobcentre staff, saying: "This idea that everybody is out to crunch you, I think it has really hurt Jobcentre staff who don’t see themselves as that."[14] Producer Rebecca O'Brien
Rebecca O'Brien
responded by stating that Duncan Smith "is living in cloud cuckoo land."[15] Similarly, on an episode of BBC's topical debate programme Question Time broadcast on 27 October 2016, which featured Ken Loach
Ken Loach
as a panellist, Business Secretary Greg Clark
Greg Clark
described the film as "a fictional film",[16] saying "It’s a difficult job administering a benefits system... Department of Work and Pensions
Department of Work and Pensions
staff have to make incredibly difficult decisions and I think they should have our support in making those decisions."[16] Loach responded to this by criticising the pressure that DWP staff are placed under.[16] Conversely, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn
appeared at the film's London premiere with the director, then subsequently praised the film on his Facebook page.[17] In a session of Prime Minister's Questions
Prime Minister's Questions
on 2 November 2016, he advised Prime Minister Theresa May
Theresa May
to watch the film, as he criticised the fairness of the welfare system.[18] Accolades[edit]

List of awards and nominations

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)

British Academy Film Awards 12 February 2017 Best Film Rebecca O'Brien Nominated [19] [20]

Best Actress in a Supporting Role Hayley Squires Nominated

Best Direction Ken Loach Nominated

Best Original Screenplay Paul Laverty Nominated

Best British Film Paul Laverty, Ken Loach
Ken Loach
and Rebecca O'Brien Won

British Independent Film Awards 4 December 2016 Best British Independent Film I, Daniel Blake Nominated [21]

Best Director Ken Loach Nominated

Best Actor Dave Johns Won

Best Actress Hayley Squires Nominated

Most Promising Newcomer Dave Johns Nominated

Hayley Squires Won

Best Screenplay Paul Laverty Nominated

Cannes Film Festival 22 May 2016 Palme d'Or Ken Loach Won [22]

Palm DogManitarian Award Ken Loach
Ken Loach
(showcasing a three-legged dog named Shea) Won

César Awards 24 February 2017 Best Foreign Film Ken Loach Won [23]

Denver Film Festival 14 November 2016 Special
Special
Jury Prize: Best Actress Hayley Squires Won [24]

Empire Awards 19 March 2017 Best British Film I, Daniel Blake Won [25]

Best Director Ken Loach Nominated

Best Male Newcomer Dave Johns Won

Best Female Newcomer Hayley Squires Nominated

European Film Awards 10 December 2016 Best Film I, Daniel Blake Nominated [26]

Best Director Ken Loach Nominated

Best Actor Dave Johns Nominated

Best Screenwriter Paul Laverty Nominated

Evening Standard British Film Awards 8 December 2016 Best Film I, Daniel Blake Won [27] [28]

Best Actor Dave Johns Nominated

Best Supporting Actress Hayley Squires Won

Best Screenplay Paul Laverty Nominated

Most Powerful Scene Award I, Daniel Blake Won

Golden Tomato Awards 12 January 2017 Best British Movie 2016 I, Daniel Blake 3rd Place [29]

Locarno International Film Festival 13 August 2016 Prix du public Ken Loach Won [5]

London Film Critics' Circle 22 January 2017 Film of the Year I, Daniel Blake Nominated [30]

British/Irish Film of the Year I, Daniel Blake Won

British/Irish Actor of the Year Dave Johns Nominated

British/Irish Actress of the Year Hayley Squires Nominated

Magritte Awards 3 February 2018 Best Foreign Film in Coproduction I, Daniel Blake Nominated [31]

New York Film Critics Online 11 December 2016 Top 12 Films I, Daniel Blake Won [32]

San Sebastián International Film Festival 24 September 2016 Audience Award: Best Film Ken Loach Won [33]

Stockholm International Film Festival 20 November 2016 Audience Award: Best Film Ken Loach Won [34]

Vancouver International Film Festival 14 October 2016 Most Popular International Feature Ken Loach Won [35]

References[edit]

^ " I, Daniel Blake (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.  ^ "I, Daniel Blake". Box Office Mojo.  ^ Lee, Benjamin (22 May 2016). "Cannes 2016: Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake wins the Palme d'Or
Palme d'Or
- live!". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2016.  ^ " Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival
Winners: Palme d'Or
Palme d'Or
To Ken Loach's 'I, Daniel Blake'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 22 May 2016.  ^ a b "Palmarès 2016". Locarno.  ^ "2017 Film Outstanding British Film". BAFTA. Retrieved 21 August 2017.  ^ Hodgson, Barbara (8 November 2015). "Award-winning director Ken Loach takes to the streets of Newcastle to shoot his latest feature film". Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 25 May 2016.  ^ Solutions, Starlight. "People :: Rebecca O'Brien". www.sixteenfilms.co.uk. Retrieved 26 May 2016.  ^ Gleiberman, Owen (12 May 2016). "Cannes Film Review: 'I, Daniel Blake'". Variety. Retrieved 25 May 2016.  ^ a b "I, Daniel Blake". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 10 January 2018.  ^ " I, Daniel Blake reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 20 July 2017.  ^ "'I, Daniel Blake' Is Ken Loach's Most Successful UK Release Ever". The Film Magazine. 24 October 2016.  ^ Gant, Charles (25 October 2016). " I, Daniel Blake scores impressive result at UK box office as Trolls takes top spot". The Guardian.  ^ "Iain Duncan Smith's predictable response after watching I, Daniel Blake". The Independent. 28 October 2016.  ^ " I, Daniel Blake producer responds to Toby Young, Iain Duncan Smith". inews.co.uk. 28 October 2016.  ^ a b c " Ken Loach
Ken Loach
and minister Greg Clark
Greg Clark
clash over 'fictional' I, Daniel Blake on Question Time".  ^ Kelly, Mike (19 October 2016). " Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn
urges film fans to go see Tyneside-set I, Daniel Blake".  ^ "PMQs: Corbyn tells May to watch I Daniel Blake film". www.bbc.co.uk. 2 November 2016.  ^ Ritman, Alex (9 January 2017). " BAFTA
BAFTA
Awards: 'La La Land' Leads Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 January 2017.  ^ Hipes, Patrick (12 February 2017). " BAFTA
BAFTA
Awards Winners List (LIVE)". Deadline.com. Retrieved 12 February 2017.  ^ Evans, Alan (1 November 2016). " I, Daniel Blake leads British independent film award nominations". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 November 2016.  ^ "Cannes 2016". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2016.  ^ "PALMARÈS 2017 - 42 ÈME CÉRÉMONIE DES CÉSAR". Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma. Retrieved 24 February 2017.  ^ "AWARD WINNERS FOR 39th DENVER FILM FESTIVAL - Denver Film Festival". Denver Film Festival. Archived from the original on 29 November 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016.  ^ Nugent, John (19 March 2017). "Three Empire Awards 2017: Rogue One, Tom Hiddleston And Patrick Stewart Win Big". Empire. Retrieved 19 March 2017.  ^ Evans, Alan (7 November 2016). "Toni Erdmann leads nominations at European film awards". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 December 2016.  ^ Moore, William (17 November 2016). "Evening Standard British Film Awards - The Longlist". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 29 November 2016.  ^ Norum, Ben (9 December 2016). "Evening Standard British Film Awards: Kate Beckinsale and Hugh Grant Crowned". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 9 December 2016.  ^ "Golden Tomato Awards - Best of 2016". Rotten Tomatoes. 12 January 2017.  ^ "'Moonlight' and 'Love and Friendship' Lead London Film Critics' Circle Nominations". Variety. 20 December 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016.  ^ Degré, Michaël (11 January 2018). "Magrittes 2018: vers un match Streker-Belvaux?". L'Avenir (in French). Retrieved 16 January 2018.  ^ "'Moonlight' Named Best Picture by New York Film Critics Online Association". The Hollywood Reporter. 11 December 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2016.  ^ Rosser, Michael (19 August 2016). "San Sebastian: 'I, Daniel Blake', 'Fire At Sea' in Pearls line-up". Screen Daily. Retrieved 11 December 2016.  ^ Ramsay, Angela. "Ken Loach's I, DANIEL BLAKE Wins Stockholm Audience Award at Stockholm Film Fest". Vimooz.com. Retrieved 11 December 2016.  ^ "Maudie Wins Coveted VIFF Super Channel People's Choice Award" (Press release). Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 

External links[edit]

I, Daniel Blake on IMDb
IMDb

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Films directed by Ken Loach

Up the Junction (1965) The End of Arthur's Marriage (1965) Cathy Come Home (1966) In Two Minds (1967) Poor Cow
Poor Cow
(1967) Kes (1969) The Big Flame (1969) The Rank and File
File
(1971) The Save the Children Fund Film (1971) Family Life (1971) Days of Hope (1975) The Price of Coal (1977) Black Jack (1979) The Gamekeeper (1980) A Question of Leadership (1981) Looks and Smiles (1981) Which Side Are You On? (1985) Fatherland (1986) Hidden Agenda (1990) Riff-Raff (1991) Raining Stones
Raining Stones
(1993) Ladybird, Ladybird (1994) Land and Freedom
Land and Freedom
(1995) A Contemporary Case for Common Ownership (1995) Carla's Song (1996) The Flickering Flame (1997) McLibel (1997) My Name Is Joe
My Name Is Joe
(1998) Bread and Roses (2000) The Navigators (2001) Sweet Sixteen (2002) Ae Fond Kiss...
Ae Fond Kiss...
(2004) Tickets (2005) McLibel (2005) The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) It's a Free World... (2007) Looking for Eric
Looking for Eric
(2009) Route Irish (2010) The Angels' Share
The Angels' Share
(2012) The Spirit of '45 (2013) Jimmy's Hall
Jimmy's Hall
(2014) I, Daniel Blake (2016)

Awards for I, Daniel Blake

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BAFTA
BAFTA
Award for Best British Film

1947–1967

Odd Man Out
Odd Man Out
(1947) The Fallen Idol (1948) The Third Man
The Third Man
(1949) The Blue Lamp
The Blue Lamp
(1950) The Lavender Hill Mob
The Lavender Hill Mob
(1951) The Sound Barrier
The Sound Barrier
(1952) Genevieve (1953) Hobson's Choice (1954) Richard III (1955) Reach for the Sky
Reach for the Sky
(1956) The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai
(1957) Room at the Top (1958) Sapphire (1959) Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) A Taste of Honey (1961) Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Tom Jones (1963) Dr. Strangelove
Dr. Strangelove
or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) The Ipcress File
File
(1965) The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1966) A Man for All Seasons (1967)

1992–present

The Crying Game
The Crying Game
(1992) Shadowlands (1993) Shallow Grave
Shallow Grave
(1994) The Madness of King George
The Madness of King George
(1995) Secrets & Lies (1996) Nil by Mouth (1997) Elizabeth (1998) East Is East (1999) Billy Elliot
Billy Elliot
(2000) Gosford Park
Gosford Park
(2001) The Warrior (2002) Touching the Void (2003) My Summer of Love (2004) Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) The Last King of Scotland (2006) This Is England
This Is England
(2007) Man on Wire
Man on Wire
(2008) Fish Tank (2009) The King's Speech
The King's Speech
(2010) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) Skyfall
Skyfall
(2012) Gravity (2013) The Theory of Everything (2014) Brooklyn (2015) I, Daniel Blake (2016) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
(2017)

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César Award for Best Foreign Film

Scent of a Woman (1976) We All Loved Each Other So Much
We All Loved Each Other So Much
(1977) A Special Day
A Special Day
(1978) The Tree of Wooden Clogs
The Tree of Wooden Clogs
(1979) Manhattan (1980) Kagemusha
Kagemusha
(1981) The Elephant Man (1982) Victor/Victoria (1983) Fanny and Alexander
Fanny and Alexander
(1984) Amadeus (1985) The Purple Rose of Cairo
The Purple Rose of Cairo
(1986) The Name of the Rose (1987) The Last Emperor
The Last Emperor
(1988) Bagdad Café
Bagdad Café
(1989) Dangerous Liaisons
Dangerous Liaisons
(1990) Dead Poets Society
Dead Poets Society
(1991) Toto the Hero
Toto the Hero
(1992) High Heels (1993) The Piano
The Piano
(1994) Four Weddings and a Funeral
Four Weddings and a Funeral
(1995) Land and Freedom
Land and Freedom
(1996) Breaking the Waves (1997) Brassed Off
Brassed Off
(1998) Life Is Beautiful
Life Is Beautiful
(1999) All About My Mother
All About My Mother
(2000) In the Mood for Love
In the Mood for Love
(2001) Mulholland Drive (2002) Bowling for Columbine
Bowling for Columbine
(2003) Mystic River (2004) Lost in Translation (2005) Million Dollar Baby (2006) Little Miss Sunshine
Little Miss Sunshine
(2007) The Lives of Others
The Lives of Others
(2008) Waltz with Bashir
Waltz with Bashir
(2009) Gran Torino
Gran Torino
(2010) The Social Network
The Social Network
(2011) A Separation (2012) Argo (2013) The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Broken Circle Breakdown
(2014) Mommy (2015) Birdman (2016) I, Daniel Blake (2017) Loveless (2018)

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Empire Award for Best British Film

Shallow Grave
Shallow Grave
(1996) Trainspotting (1997) The Full Monty
The Full Monty
(1998) Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
(1999) Notting Hill (2000) Billy Elliot
Billy Elliot
(2001) Bridget Jones's Diary (2002) 28 Days Later
28 Days Later
(2003) Love Actually
Love Actually
(2004) Shaun of the Dead
Shaun of the Dead
(2005) Pride & Prejudice (2006) United 93 (2007) Atonement (2008) RocknRolla
RocknRolla
(2009) Harry Brown (2010) Kick-Ass (2011) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2012) Sightseers
Sightseers
(2013) The World's End (2014) Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) Spectre (2016) I, Daniel Blake (2017)

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London Film Critics' Circle British Film of the Year

Life Is Sweet (1991) Howards End (1992) The Remains of the Day (1993) Four Weddings and a Funeral
Four Weddings and a Funeral
(1994) The Madness of King George
The Madness of King George
(1995) Secrets & Lies (1996) The Full Monty
The Full Monty
(1997) Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
(1998) East Is East (1999) Billy Elliot
Billy Elliot
(2000) Gosford Park
Gosford Park
(2001) All or Nothing (2002) The Magdalene Sisters
The Magdalene Sisters
(2003) Vera Drake (2004) The Constant Gardener (2005) The Queen (2006) Control (2007) Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire
(2008) Fish Tank (2009) The King's Speech
The King's Speech
(2010) We Need to Talk
Talk
About Kevin (2011) Berberian Sound Studio (2012) The Selfish Giant (2013) Under the Skin (2014) 45 Years (2015) I, Daniel Blake (2016) Dunkirk (2017)

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Palme d'Or
Palme d'Or
winning films

Union Pacific (1939) Torment (Hets) (1946) The Lost Weekend (1946) The Red Meadows (1946) Brief Encounter
Brief Encounter
(1946) María Candelaria
María Candelaria
(1946) Neecha Nagar (1946) The Turning Point (1946) La Symphonie pastorale (1946) The Last Chance (1946) Men Without Wings (1946) Rome, Open City
Rome, Open City
(1946) The Third Man
The Third Man
(1949) Miss Julie (1951) Miracle in Milan
Miracle in Milan
(1951) The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice (1951) Two Cents Worth of Hope
Two Cents Worth of Hope
(1952) The Wages of Fear
The Wages of Fear
(1953) Gate of Hell (1954) Marty (1955) The Silent World
The Silent World
(1956) Friendly Persuasion (1957) The Cranes Are Flying
The Cranes Are Flying
(1958) Black Orpheus
Black Orpheus
(1959) La Dolce Vita
La Dolce Vita
(1960) The Long Absence
The Long Absence
(1961) Viridiana
Viridiana
(1961) O Pagador de Promessas
O Pagador de Promessas
(1962) The Leopard (1963) The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
(1964) The Knack ...and How to Get It
The Knack ...and How to Get It
(1965) A Man and a Woman
A Man and a Woman
(1966) The Birds, the Bees and the Italians
The Birds, the Bees and the Italians
(1966) Blowup
Blowup
(1967) if.... (1969) MASH (1970) The Go-Between (1971) The Working Class Goes to Heaven
The Working Class Goes to Heaven
(1972) The Mattei Affair
The Mattei Affair
(1972) The Hireling (1973) Scarecrow (1973) The Conversation
The Conversation
(1974) Chronicle of the Years of Fire
Chronicle of the Years of Fire
(1975) Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver
(1976) Padre Padrone
Padre Padrone
(1977) The Tree of Wooden Clogs
The Tree of Wooden Clogs
(1978) Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now
(1979) The Tin Drum (1979) All That Jazz (1980) Kagemusha
Kagemusha
(1980) Man of Iron (1981) Missing (1982) Yol
Yol
(1982) The Ballad of Narayama (1983) Paris, Texas (1984) When Father Was Away on Business (1985) The Mission (1986) Under the Sun of Satan (1987) Pelle the Conqueror
Pelle the Conqueror
(1988) Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Sex, Lies, and Videotape
(1989) Wild at Heart (1990) Barton Fink
Barton Fink
(1991) The Best Intentions
The Best Intentions
(1992) Farewell My Concubine (1993) The Piano
The Piano
(1993) Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction
(1994) Underground (1995) Secrets & Lies (1996) Taste of Cherry
Taste of Cherry
(1997) The Eel (1997) Eternity and a Day
Eternity and a Day
(1998) Rosetta (1999) Dancer in the Dark
Dancer in the Dark
(2000) The Son's Room
The Son's Room
(2001) The Pianist (2002) Elephant (2003) Fahrenheit 9/11
Fahrenheit 9/11
(2004) The Child (2005) The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
(2007) The Class (2008) The White Ribbon
The White Ribbon
(2009) Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
(2010) The Tree of Life (2011) Amour (2012) Blue Is the Warmest Colour
Blue Is the Warmest Colour
(2013) Winter Sleep (2014) Dheepan
Dheepan
(2015) I, Daniel Blake (2016) The S

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