I, Daniel Blake
This BAFTA-winning polemic is led by outstanding performances from British newcomers Dave Johns and Hayley Squires. Director Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty craft a sharp and gut-wrenching drama that is full of sensitivity for its subjects, effortlessly and intelligently towing the line between the personal and political. Co-produced by UK companies BBC Films, BFI and Sixteen Films.
59-year-old carpenter Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is deemed eligible for work after suffering a heart attack, as he begins fighting against the callous and needlessly bureaucratic UK welfare state. Along the way he befriends single mother Katie (Hayley Squires) who is also battling the system after being rehoused hundreds of miles away from her loved ones.