Entertainment, Review

Review: I, Daniel Blake

0 140

humanity-hallows-magazine-issue-4-web2

Humanity Hallows Issue 4 Out Now!
Pick up your copy on campus or read online.


By Daniel J Broadley


There aren’t many filmmakers that match up to the likes of Ken Loach and even fewer that have such a socially critical directing style. He is without a doubt one of the greatest British filmmakers of all time. And now, with I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach has won the Palme d’Or – the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival.

I, Daniel Blake follows the story of (surprise surprise) Daniel Blake, a carpenter who recently suffered a serious heart attack and requires state benefits whilst he’s out of work. However, due to austerity measures implemented by the Tory government, he has his benefit payments stopped as he is deemed fit to work by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). His doctors, however, say otherwise.

We follow Daniel through the bureaucratic jungle of the DWP, Job Centre and Job Seekers Allowance. All is not lost, however, when he befriends a single mother of two from London who is in a similarly desperate situation.

Ken Loach

Ken Loach does not hold back on his feelings about the Tory government. This film is one of the most important films of the last few years as it takes a scathing look at the reality of austerity and the effect it has on ordinary people. It shows that people are not just a number on a screen or a statistic on the news, they are human beings and deserve to be treated as such.

Highly emotive and a masterpiece of socially critical cinema, I, Daniel Blake is Ken Loach is at his best. The film is available to view now at HOME cinema.

 

 

About the author / 

Daniel Broadley

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More News Stories:

  • The Fabric of Us @ Science and Industry Museum review – A sustainable extravaganza

    The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester hosted local, women-led theatre company So La Flair for The Fabric of Us, as part of their ‘After-Hours: Forward-Thinking Fashion’ series. The evening of after-hours entertainment championing self-expression and sustainability aimed to encourage a greener fashion future. Together with Affleck’s sustainable clothing exchange, Beg Steal & Borrow, the theatre group curated a creative explosion of live performances, demonstrations, pop-up clothes stalls, gripping short film sections and a sustainable fashion catwalk.

  • Solo Travelling: Why everyone should do it at least once

    Lifestyle editor Aimie Gater shares why solo travelling should be at the top of your list this summer Booking a one-way flight to France and making plans to city-hop across Europe was the last thing my friends would have expected me to do. Doing it alone was another thing altogether. Like many others who had…