A new edition of the DocoClub curated by the ‘Book and Kitchen’. We will be showcasing the applauded film, ‘I Daniel Blake’. The aim of the DocoClub is to bring cutting edge Documentaries and Films to our local community, free of charge or of with a nominal fee.
“What makes the pain of this film bearable is Daniel’s unquenchable decency, courage and perseverance.”
- Stephen Holden, The NY Times
Directed by Ken Loach, I, Daniel Blake follows a 59-year-old joiner, living in Newcastle and out of work due to a major heart attack. The movie explores Blake’s legal battle having been deemed fit to work despite his health, as well as his physical and emotional struggles as he attempts to navigate a world now “online by default”.
Blake befriends a single mother who is struggling to feed her family, and their friendship highlights the importance of community and support; something that they are receiving very little of elsewhere.
Released in 2016, the film has received critical acclimation, and has already won multiple awards. The film has sparked much debate in Britain, and has had a varied political response. Loach’s film is hard-hitting and emotional, showing the humiliating reality of food banks and job seekers allowance; a life that for so many in ‘Broken Britain’, is a reality.
“This powerful parable about the failings of the benefits system avoids irony and cynicism and treats its troubled characters with humour and humanity”
– Peter Bradshaw, Guardian review
Website Link: http://www.idanielblake.co.uk/