Film ‘I Daniel Blake’ + Q & A With the Film’s Writer, Paul Laverty

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video of the discussion after this screening.


“I, Daniel Blake is a movie with a fierce, simple dignity of its own”.

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Poster for I Daniel Blake

The Movie By Ken Loach and Paul Lavery

This poignant story of  joiner Danny Blake is both perceptive and funny. Ill and out of work he finds himself in need of state benefits.  He meets a young single mother who is in an even worse situation. Together, the duo discover that negotiating their way through endless bureaucratic red tape isn’t easy, in fact is deliberately made difficult.

Directed by acclaimed British director Ken Loach and winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival some months ago the film was written by Loach’s longtime collaborator Paul Laverty, who will be present and participate in a Q & A session after the screening with veteran journalist and recently elected ‘People Before Profit’ MLA ,Eamonn McCann.

Paul Laverty and Ken Loach attending the I, Daniel Blake Photocall at the Palais Des Festivals in Cannes, France on May 13, 2016, as part of the 69th Cannes Film Festival. Photo by Aurore Marechal/ABACAPRESS.COM | 546566_001 Cannes France

Paul Laverty and Ken Loach attending the I, Daniel Blake Photocall at the Palais Des Festivals in Cannes, France on May 13, 2016, as part of the 69th Cannes Film Festival.

“a celebration of the decency and kinship of (extra)ordinary people.” Mark Kermode – The Observer


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Venue: Brunswick Moviebowl Cinema

Admission: £4   Tickets can be booked in advance.


  • WinnerPalme d’OrCannes Film Festival 2016
  • WinnerPrize of the Ecumenical Jury – Special Mention – Cannes Film Festival 2016
  • WinnerAudience AwardLocarno International Film Festival 2016
  • WinnerAudience AwardSan Sebastián International Film Festival 2016


What the Reviewers say:

“a celebration of the decency and kinship of (extra)ordinary people.”  ★★★★★ Mark Kermode – The Observer

“If you only see one film this year, see this.” ★★★★★ New Internationalist

“it’s a quietly fearsome piece of drama” ★★★★★ Daily Telegraph 

“An immediate classic” and “Packs an emotional punch with an honesty that shocks” Kate Muir The Times

“blunt, dignified and brutally moving”  ★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“I, Daniel Blake is a movie with a fierce, simple dignity of its own”. ★★★★  Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“a moving experience that deserved its standing ovation and a second Palme d’Or for Loach” ★★★★Metro

“I was utterly floored by this film, heart broken and tearful. It might be Ken’s best film ever, in terms of its simple clarity and power.” Jason Solomons

“Dave Johns and Hayley Squires are phenomenal in their roles, making ‘I, Daniel Blake’ an emotional gut punch that is heartbreaking in its sincerity.”  ★★★★

We are ALL Daniel Blake

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Context 2017

One World One Struggle

Bloody Sunday was inflicted on the people of Derry.  But it has resonated around the world.  It is a local issue relevant to people everywhere.

Over the 45 years since British paratroopers erupted into the working-class Bogside area with rifles spitting death at civil rights marchers, representatives of victims of State violence from both sides of the Atlantic, from Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere, have travelled to Derry to take part in the annual commemoration and give substance to the idea of 'One World, One Struggle'. 

The British Government still sets its face Iike flint against telling the full truth about the Derry massacre.  A long Inquiry reported in 2010 that all the dead and wounded had been unlawfully shot. Despite this, the Report stopped well short of proposing prosecution of the killers - and pointed no finger of`blame at the senior military officers who had sent the Paras in, or at the politicians who had connived at the assault and then orchestrated a cover-up.

This is always the way when it comes to the violence of imperialism.

Only the persistence of family members and their supporters forced a police investigation. We await the outcome. One reason the British authorities fear the facts about Bloody Sunday is that this massacre cannot be ascribed to warring Irish factions. This was an authentically British atrocity.

Past commemorations have featured African Americans, Palestinians, former Guantanamo prisoners, victims of police violence in Britain etc., as well as members of other families bereaved by murder here in the North, in many cases murder inflicted by State agents and then systematically lied about to protect the same undercover agents.

Lectures, debates and cultural events are highlighted, economic struggles, women’s rights, gay rights, the rights of the environment, and many other examples of`oppression.  We have commemorated, too, the killing of other innocent people by non-State groups - Dublin Monaghan, Birmingham, Shankill, Greysteel, the Ormeau bookies, etc.

We believe that the programme we have produced this year puts Bloody Sunday in its proper context, an extreme example of the fact that, commonly, it’s innocent people who pose no threat to anyone who bear the brunt of conflict.

The trek towards truth and justice has been long and sometimes arduous. But we keep on keeping on because the cause is just and gives good example to the one world in which we all struggle. 

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