I, Daniel Blake (15)
Directed by Ken Loach, UK, 2016, 100 mins
With Dave Johns, Haley Squires, Sharon Percy
A 59-year-old carpenter (Dave Johns) recovering from a heart attack, befriends a single mum and her two kids as they find themselves in no-man’s land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy now played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern day Britain. With equal amounts of humour, warmth and despair I, Daniel Blake is heartfelt and emotional until the end.