I, Daniel Blake screening

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The Braid Film Theatre will be screening the award winning film ‘I, Daniel Blake on Thursday March 9 at 8pm.

I, Daniel Blake is a 2016 British-French-German drama film directed by Ken Loach and written by Loach’s frequent collaborator Paul Laverty.

The film stars Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Dylan McKiernan, and Briana Shann.

It won the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and the Prix du public at the 2016 Locarno International Film Festival.

Daniel Blake has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. 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 has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know, some 300 miles away.

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

I, Daniel Blake became Ken Loach’s biggest success at the UK box office and sparked a national debate about the benefits system.

Most recently the film won a British Academy Film Award (BAFTA) for Best British Film.

Tickets for the screening are priced at £4.