• I, Daniel Blake (2017)

I, Daniel Blake

Release Date: June 2nd, 2017

DVD Release Date: January 16th, 2018

R |1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary

Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a 59-year-old widowed carpenter who must rely on welfare after a recent heart attack leaves him unable to work. Despite his doctor's diagnosis, British authorities deny Blake's benefits and tell him to return to his job. As Daniel navigates his way through an agonizing appeal process, he begins to develop a strong bond with a destitute, single mother (Hayley Squires) who's struggling to take care of her two children.

Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Dylan McKiernan, Briana Shann, Kate Rutter, Sharon Percy, Kema Sikazwe, Micky McGregor

Director: Ken Loach

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Canal Plus, Why Not Productions, France 2 Cinéma, Les Films du Fleuve, Sixteen Films, BFI Production, Wild Bunch, BBC Films

Keywords: Engaging, England, Underdog, Pursuit, Office, Doctor, Love, Cool, House, Hospital, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    I, Daniel Blake, a new Loach landmark which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival last year, sums up everything that has kept he muckraking motor running for decades. show more

  • 70
    Wendy IdeScreen International

    While it might not break new ground, there is no denying the potency of the film’s empathetic anguish and fury. show more

  • 80
    David RooneyThe Hollywood Reporter

    The film is anchored by incisive characterizations rich in integrity and heart, and by an urgent simplicity in its storytelling that's surprisingly powerful. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2017)
Winner Outstanding British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2017)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2017)
Nominated Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2017)