I, Daniel Blake

It's a monumental farce, isn't it? Looking for non-existent jobs and all it does is humiliate me.

    I, Daniel Blake Synopsis

    Daniel Blake, 59, who has worked as a joiner most of his life in the North East of England needs help from the State for the first time ever following an illness.

    He crosses paths with a single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one roomed homeless hostel in London is to accept a flat some 300 miles away.

    Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy now played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern day Britain.


    Winner of the Cannes 2016 top filmmaking prize, the Palme d'Or


    Winner of 2 British Independent Film Awards 2016; Best Actor Dave Johns, and Most Promising Newcomer Hayley Squires. Nominated for 7: Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor & Most Promising Newcomer Dave Johns, Best Actress and Most Promising Newcomer Hayley Squires


    Nominated for 4 European Film Awards 2016: European Film, European Director Ken Loach, European Screenwriter Paul Laverty, European Actor Dave Johns


    Winner Outstanding British Film at the British Academy Film Awards 2017 (BAFTA). Also nominated for Best Film, Director Ken Loach, Supporting Actress Hayley Squires and Original Screenplay Paul Laverty


    Winner of The Attenborough Award for British/Irish Film of the Year London Critics' Circle Film Awards


    Winner Best British Film and Best Male Newcomer Dave Johns at the Empire Film Awards 2017



    Dave Johns, Hayley Squires


    Ken Loach


    Rebecca O'Brien


    Paul Laverty

    Executive Producers:

    Pascal Caucheteux, Grégoire Sorlat, Vincent Maraval

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    Credits summary:

    BBC Films and BFI present A Sixteen Films, Why Not Productions and Wild Bunch Production



    Running time:

    100 mins

    Release Dates


    21 October 2016

    Out on DVD

    27 February 2017