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I, Daniel Blake

Ken Loach premieres I, Daniel Blake at Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema

Critically acclaimed British filmmaker Ken Loach is at Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema on Tuesday 4th October to present his Palme d’Or Winning film I, Daniel Blake, which was set and made in and around Newcastle upon Tyne, and has screened all around the world to critical and audience acclaim.

The veteran director, well-known for his socialist ideals and social realism directing style, is joined by the film’s lead actors Dave Johns and Hayley Squires, producer Rebecca O’Brien, and screenwriter Paul Laverty for a prestigious red-carpet event.

I, Daniel Blake, which has received unanimous praise from critics, stars local stand-up comedian Dave Johns as Daniel Blake, a middle-aged widower, who after working his whole life as a carpenter finds himself in need of help from the state following a near-fatal heart attack.  Daniel finds himself trapped in a sea of red-tape when it’s decided he is ineligible for invalidity benefits,  and in an effort to survive he’s forced to deal with the complicated – and at times absurd – processes of the welfare state.

The film is a stark reminder of the injustices of contemporary Britain, the inhumanity of the system, and the real human suffering which is often ignored in the media.

As well as the exclusive premiere screening for cast and crew and invited guests, there will also be a special public screening at the Tyneside Cinema followed by a live Q&A with Ken Loach, Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Rebecca O’Brien and Paul Laverty.

The public screening will take place at 18:00 on Tuesday 4 October.

On choosing to set the film in Newcastle, director Ken Loach said:

“Newcastle is culturally very rich.  It’s like Liverpool, Glasgow, big cities on the coast. They are great visually, cinematic, the culture is very expressive and the language is very strong.  There’s a great sense of resistance; generations of struggle have developed a strong political consciousness.” 

On the premiere screening Tyneside Cinema Chief Executive, Thomas Peutz said:

“We are thrilled to welcome Ken Loach to the Tyneside Cinema to present this powerful and timely film in the place that he made it. This is a vital film of our times and hugely relevant to many people living in the North East, so it is fantastic that they will have the opportunity to see it here and get a chance to hear about it from its renowned director.”

Tickets for the public screening go on sale at 10am sharp on Saturday 24 September  and are available from the Tyneside Cinema Box Office, by phone on 0191 227 5500 or online

Please note that due to the very limited amount of tickets available for this event tickets are available strictly on a first come, first served basis.

I, Daniel Blake will be on general release from Friday 21 October, and tickets go on sale for the opening week on Monday 26 October



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