I, Daniel Blake

Friday 17 February 7.45pm Cheltenham Playhouse £7

In Ken Loach’s powerful, humane, award-winning drama, a disabled man struggles i-daniel-blakewith welfare red tape.
The film will be followed by spoken word from two talented performance poets — Kieran King from Salford, and Cheltenham’s own JPDL. Tickets are selling fast. Please don’t miss out on your chance to see this masterpiece plus performances by two exciting urban poets. Tickets are available from The Playhouse..

Middle-aged Geordie widower Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is incapacitated after a heart attack and can no longer work as a carpenter. For the first time in his life, he needs assistance from the state. But he’s soon caught up in a bureaucratic benefits nightmare, hampered by his own naive honesty. Meanwhile, quick-tempered single mother Katie (Hayley Squires) finds that her only escape from a hostel for the homeless in London is to accept accomodation in Newcastle – a city with which she has no ties. When their paths cross, Daniel and Katie form a bond born of their experiences with the Kafkaesque welfare system.

Much-acclaimed veteran director Ken Loach’s Cannes Palme d’Or-winning drama is an angry indictment of austerity Britain. But it’s also warm, funny and richly characterised, with an outstanding debut film performance by comedian Dave Johns.

An extraordinarily powerful film, winner of several awards including the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2016. To be seen by everyone concerned with the state of the nation. The screening will also include a live performance by exciting spoken word artists Kieren King and JPDL. It is shown by The Playhouse in conjunction with Cheltenham Poetry Festival.                                                   posted 31 January 2017

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