I, Daniel Blake

June 13th, 2017


I, Daniel Blake

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Release Year: 2016

Rating: 8.1/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Ken Loach

Stars: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy

A 59 year old carpenter recovering from a heart attack, befriends a single mum and her two kids as they navigate their way through the kafkaesque impersonal benefits system. With equal amounts of humour, warmth and despair. Heartfelt and emotional until the end

Dave Johns - Daniel
Hayley Squires - Katie
Sharon Percy - Sheila
Briana Shann - Daisy
Dylan McKiernan - Dylan
Natalie Ann Jamieson - Employment Support Allowance Assessor
Jane Birch - Librarian
Mark Burns - Job seeker
Stephen Clegg - Job Centre Floor Manager
Colin Coombs - Postman
Harriet Ghost - Appeal Receptionist
Stephen Halliday - Furniture Dealer
Bryn Jones - Police Officer
Viktoria Kay - Woman of the House
Mick Laffey - Welfare Benefits Advisor


Official Website: Official Facebook Page | Official site |

Country: UK, France, Belgium

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2016

Filming Locations: London, England, UK

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Theatrical film debut of Dave Johns. See more »

When Daniel is in the benefits office the adviser Ann notices he looks unwell and sits him down and gives Daniel a plastic cup of water. Initially when Daniel gets the cup there are two or three cups stick together, as sometimes happens, the film then cuts away and then back and Daniels cup has become just one plastic cup. See more »

User Review


Rating: 10/10

This film is hard hitting and heart wrenching, tears through and came out crying.

A try to replicate how the authorities are treating the venerable in the face of devastation. It is heart wrenching. It might have been based what has happened to a few in the recent past. I think Paul Laverty took a leaf out of the records and wrote the strip and Ken Loach put it on screen in the best possible way.

Agree with other reviewer A must see film by not just the general public but the Authorities to waken them up and hit them hard.

At the end at least in our screening there were applause of appreciation to Ken to show how well he has done to make this look so real.


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