FRED Interview

Ken Loach – I, Daniel Blake

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The 2016 Palm d’Or winning film arrives in Italy.

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PODCAST | Chiara Nicoletti interviews Ken Loach, director of I, Daniel Blake, at the film’s Italian presentation.

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FRED’s Chiara Nicoletti meets Ken Loach, in Rome for the Italian release of I, Daniel Blake. The film earned Ken Loach his second Palme d’Or in Cannes this year after The Wind That Shakes The Barley in 2006.

Loach tells us about the research he did to discover this sad world of poor people going through the bureaucratic nightmare of welfare policies. His protagonist Daniel and his friend Katie bounce on a wall when having to deal with the robot-like people that work in the job centre.

The film shows us how important it is to try and change the economic model in which we ‘re living and to work on building an european solidarity between countries but most of all, among working class people.

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


  • Reporter
    Chiara Nicoletti
  • Guest
    Ken Loach
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    I, Daniel Blake
  • Festival section
    Italian release - October 21
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