Monday, 23 May, 2022

Film Hick: I, Daniel Blake by Ken Loach (2016)

Daniel Blake

Ken Loach shines a light into the hearts and minds of the working class in England.

The struggle highlighted here is one with the doublethink system of Job Seeker’s Allowance and Benefits – something familiar with anyone that has lived in England for any time.

The message that you can lose the ones you love to this unthinking and uncaring system really hits home, because you do come to love Daniel, and Katie, and her kids.

I know someone who underwent a similar assessment to Daniel, so I understand something of how insane it is. I once signed on for Job Seeker’s Allowance and got to feel the grind of people turned into robots working against me. Loach isn’t every one’s cup of tea, but he always puts the human heart front and centre for me, and that is what really shouts loudly why the subject is important.

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