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I, Daniel Blake [Blu-ray] 
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Ken Loach directs this drama that follows a 59-year-old joiner as he tries to navigate the British benefits system. In the North-East of England, widower Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is forced to stop working when he is taken ill with heart disease and so applies for Employment and Support Allowance from the Government. But his life is further thrown into disarray when his benefits are suddenly taken away from him and he is forced to jump through the many hoops of the bureaucratic system to get them back. During this time, he meets the similarly-troubled single mother Katie (Hayley Squires) whose financial problems mean she is being forced out of her home in London along with her two kids Dylan and Daisy (Dylan McKiernan and Briana Shann). The film was nominated for five BAFTAs including Best Film, Best Director (Loach), Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress (Squires).
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It was unbelievable, until you have been through it you really don't know. National Insurance!!!!!! What Insurance?
I've been through the PIP process and it was interesting to see that the one for ESA is the same. I got the right decision but it took me three months. It might have taken longer if I hadn't kept ringing and complaining every two weeks. I can usually cope with stress but the three months of form filling, the assessment and waiting led to a relapse.
I think this is a must see film. It's not fiction. This is what too many disabled people face when they apply for ESA and PIP.
When I saw this at the cinema, there was complete silence at the end as the credits rolled, I think folk (me included) had been stunned into silence by such a powerful performance by the cast, but particularly the two leads who were outstanding.
of someone who killed themselves owing to the stress caused by the esa system. i fortunately survived the testing until the next round of medical forms.
the film makes you laugh cry and get angry,i was still affected the day after watching the film.the scene in the food bank is totally
heart breaking. if anyone is not affected by this film then they are dead or a member of a certain politically party.it will eventually be shown
on tv and if things dont change then all is lost
The damaging effect of incoherent policies is further illustrated by the plight of the young single mother of two Katie whom Daniel befriends in righteous indignation over the way she has been sent hundreds of miles from London to Newcastle where housing is cheaper, but is denied access to the money she needs to feed and clothe her children.
Leavened with wry humour and often unbearably moving, this is a hard-hitting attack on the lack of “joined up thinking” in the provision of welfare in C21 Britain, and the way in which Jobcentre Plus staff have too often become dehumanised by jargon-ridden and misapplied procedures culled from the private sector, as if they will miraculously improve the situation. Their bureaucratic rules seem designed to drive benefits claimants to give up, despite genuine need. The social costs of these crude, short-sighted and counterproductive attempts to deal with the fundamental problem of scarce resources are made all too apparent.Read more ›
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A frustrating watch as I knew it would be . Guess times haven't changed that much since I first entered into Social work a long way back and I recognise fully the disastrous... Read morePublished 35 minutes ago by S. R. Thomson
As a cancer survivor myself I can identify with a lot of the issues shown in this film. It took the DWP 9 months to award me my PIP claim. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by marianna willcocks
Typical superb film from Ken Loach. You can't watch it without feeling for the people who find themselves in this position in real life.Published 13 hours ago by Amazon Customer