Director Ken Loach’s film I, Daniel Blake is the voice of the voiceless in the UK

Director Ken Loach tells us about the political backdrop to his latest film, I, Daniel Blake, which explores how the poor in Britain are being failed by the welfare state.

Ken Loach was supposed to have retired. It was widely reported that the veteran British film-maker, known for his socially-conscious movies, had stopped making films in 2014.

Yet here he is, at the age of 80, back behind the camera with I, Daniel Blake, which won the coveted Palme d’Or at Cannes this year (his second win), and has Continue reading

I, Daniel Blake sweeps Evening Standard film awards

I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach’s drama about a middle-aged carpenter recovering from a heart attack and trying to navigate the benefits system, has taken best British film at the Evening Standard film awards.

At a ceremony in London hosted by the actor and director Richard Ayoade, the drama also picked up best actress for newcomer Hayley Squires, who plays a single mother also encountering obstacles claiming welfare. It capped the evening by winning the award for most powerful scene, for its harrowing sequence set in a foodbank in which Squires’s character is so hungry she eats from a tin of cold baked beans. Continue reading

Cult Movie: Ken Loach’s Kes one of the greatest British films ever made

RARELY has the harsh reality of working-class life been captured with quite the same poetic beauty and heartfelt honesty as it is in Kes (1969).A naturalistic study of a young boy coming of age in the cold, hard surroundings of northern Britain in the late 60s, it remains one of director Ken Loach’s greatest achievements. It also stands proud as one of his most beloved films. Watching the new Blu-ray special edition from Eureka Entertainment, it’s easy to see why.Fifteen-year-old Billy Casper (David Bradley) is a loner growing up on the unforgiving streets of Barnsley in a family where his mother (Lynne Perrie) ignores him and his older brother (Freddie Fletcher) beats him up at every available opportunity. At school he is picked on by his classmates and ridiculed by his teachers. His life, in other words, is miserable and hopeless.A ray of light arrives for Billy when he finds a small kestrel falcon on the moors. He devotes all his spare time to training it and the two become friends before the oppressive world that surrounds them comes knocking to burst their brief little bubble of happiness. […]

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