I, Daniel Blake

Daniel Blake, 59, has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, after a heart attack and nearly falling from a scaffold, he needs help from the State for the first time in his life. He crosses paths with a single mother, Katie, and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know some 300 miles away.

Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern day Britain.

Features original screenplay, photos from the film and production notes from cast and crew, including Paul Laverty, Ken Loach and Rebecca O’Brien.


‘Ken Loach is back with a protest cry for common humanity.’ – Sight & Sound
‘A work of scalding and moving relevance.’ – Variety
‘An immediate classic.’ – The Times


Cannes Film Festival, Palme d'Or
César Award, Best Foreign Film
San Sebastián International Film Festival, Audience Award for Best Film
Stockholm International Film Festival, Audience Award for Best Film
Locarno International Film Festival, Prix du Public
Vancouver International Film Festival, Most Popular International Feature
British Academy Film Awards, Best British Film
Empire Award, Best British Film
Evening Standard Film Awards, Best British Film
London Film Critics' Circle, British/Irish Film of the Year

Rights Profile

Rights Available
World, all languages

Original Language

Samples Available
Sample text available in English



Publication Date

August 2017


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