I, Daniel Blake, and the Welfare Bureaucracy

British director Ken Loach takes on the welfare bureaucracy

After rumors of retiring, director and social activist Ken Loach, the master of kitchen sink realism, instead transfixed audiences by winning his second Palme d’Or at Cannes this year for I, Daniel Blake. With the wounds of the global recession still fresh, Loach explores Britain’s welfare state in stunning detail, a system he says is impenetrable by design. Compassionate and heartfelt, the film provides a short view into a tall problem as it follows Newcastle native Daniel Blake (Dave Johns), an aging carpenter with health problems and Katie (Hayley Squires), a single mother relocated there by social services from London, as they navigate a labyrinthine network of Kafkaesque paperwork with increasing desperation.

Starts Nov 25, Votiv and Dec 9, Burg

Jennifer Cornick
Jennifer Cornick is a contributor to METROPOLE and avid reader. When she isn't writing, she can be found in Vienna's English bookstores.

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