I, Daniel Blake is the story of a 59-year old carpenter recovering from a heart attack who teams up with a single mother and her two children as they navigate their way through an impersonal and complicated benefits system.
A raw and emotional look at the great lengths and risks that people go through to maintain their dignity, I, Daniel Blake is no easy ride for the viewer, but fortunately Ken Loach brings plenty of humanity, humour and warmth to the fold. Described as a “must-see film”, it has won both the 2016 Cannes Festival Palme d’Or and the 2017 BAFTA award for Best British film, and comes highly-recommended to all those interested in understanding the issues of our own society here in the UK, and has even earned standing ovations from audiences who can relate to such themes.
The film is showing at the Phoenix Theatre in New College on Wednesday 22nd February – a chance for society members and guests to sample the college’s auditorium, café and bar.
Meanwhile ,on Tuesday 21st February, the Wroughton Ellendune Centre is screening another new British release, Ethel and Ernest; a gentle and heart-warming animation based on the life story of the director’s own parents.