I, Daniel Blake

I, Daniel Blake Information

I, Daniel Blake is a 2016 drama film by British filmmaker Ken Loach. The screenplay was written by Loach's frequent collaborator Paul Laverty. It won the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Principal photography began in October 2015 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the surrounding area. The film was produced by Rebecca O'Brien for Sixteen Films, Why Not Productions and Wild Bunch with the support of the British Film Institute, BBC Films and Campbell's Transport of Peterlee.


Daniel Blake is a 59-year-old joiner in the North-East of England who falls ill and requires state assistance for disability from the Employment and Support Allowance. While he endeavours to overcome the red tape involved in getting this assistance, he meets single mother Katie who, in order to escape a homeless persons' hostel, must take up residence in a flat away.


  • Dave Johns as Daniel Blake
  • Hayley Squires as Katie
  • Micky McGregor as Ivan
  • Stephen Campbell as Removal Man
  • Gavin Webster
  • Mick Laffey as Welfare Benefits Advisor
  • Harriet Ghost as Appeal Receptionist


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref(s)
Cannes Film Festival May 22, 2016 Palme d'Or Ken Loach
Palm DogManitarian Award Ken Loach for showcasing a three-legged dog named Shea

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