Release Date: 22 March 2017
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy
We usually encounter various levels of bureaucracy daily. But the circuitous inefficiency that unemployed 59-year-old carpenter Daniel Blake (stand-up comedian Dave Johns) – only out of work on doctor’s orders due to a recent heart attack – encounters from Britain’s Jobcentre beggars belief. It’s the first time in his life that he’s required government assistance, yet he’s engulfed by a relentlessly frustrating stream of petty officialdom overload. He finds some sanity in father figure duty for a young single mother and her two kids who are in a similar situation, but ultimately how far can a system that’s supposed to assist when needed push a man, when they appear to want to do anything but help? Worship-worthy cinematic curmudgeon Ken Loach nabbed the Cannes Palme d’Or for this bleak yet brilliantly witty and sadly relevant flick. He bloody well deserved it.
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