Ken Loach marks his 50 years as a filmmaker with a drama that is impassioned, angry and heartfelt – a stark reminder of the profound injustices of life in contemporary Britain and the brutal inhumanity of the system.
Following a heart attack, Daniel Blake (Dave Johns), a fifty-something carpenter living in Newcastle, seeks to claim disability benefits. However, after an unqualified healthcare advisor from the government interviews him over the phone for just ten minutes, it’s decided that he’s ineligible. Humiliatingly labelled a scrounger, Daniel is forced to apply for jobseeker’s allowance and comes up against further absurdities of the welfare state.
“An immediate classic” The Times