Join us for a screening of Ken Loach and Paul Laverty’s Newcastle-set classic I, Daniel Blake.
Following the film we will be joined for a discussion on the issue of food poverty in the North East and beyond with John McCorry, CEO of Newcastle West End Foodbank and Silvie Fisch (Foodbank Histories).
This event will open with a group of young people delivering a live performance from Fed Up, a new Live Theatre production based on oral testimonies of people using foodbanks in Newcastle.
I, Daniel Blake is a classic of empathetic, socially conscious filmmaking. Ken Loach’s first Newcastle-set classic relays the tragic story of Daniel Blake (Dave John), a man unable to get work or claim benefits after suffering a near-fatal heart attack.
Striking up a friendship with Katie (Haley Squires), a single mother who has been forced to relocate from London to Newcastle by the council, their efforts to retain their dignity in the face of an indifferent society and a labyrinthine welfare state is a searing indictment of Britain in the age of austerity, as well as a heartfelt, beautifully performed human drama. I, Daniel Blake’s greatest achievement, however, is perhaps its exposing the ever-expanding use of foodbanks in modern Britain, and the crisis of food poverty in the UK not seen since the Second World War, and which has most recently been commented upon by the UN.
Based on research and interviews conducted by screenwriter Paul Laverty, I, Daniel Blake won Ken Loach his second Cannes Palme d’Or, and is perhaps recent British cinema’s most vital document, a harrowing portrait of a society in crisis.
All ticket income for this screening will be donated to the West End Food Bank