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What's On > I, Daniel Blake

The Hat Factory Arts Centre

Date: Thursday 23rd February, 2017
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Cost: This screening is sold out.

6 / 3 concessions
10 / 5 concessions for both Culture in Conflict: Capitalism Films (The Big Short and I, Daniel Blake)

Group discount: 2 tickets for all groups of 10+
Booking information: Box Office: 01582 878100
Book Online: Buy Tickets


This screening is sold out.

Buy both Culture in Conflict: Capitalism Films

Luton Film Factory presents a Culture in Conflict: Capitalism screening

Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a 59-year-old widowed carpenter who must rely on welfare after a recent heart attack leaves him unable to work. Despite his doctor's diagnosis, British authorities deny Blake's benefits and tell him to return to his job. As Daniel navigates his way through an agonizing appeal process, he begins to develop a strong bond with a destitute, single mother (Hayley Squires) who's struggling to take care of her two children.

Running time: 100 minutes

Age guidance: 15+

Guest Speaker

Dave Johns will talk about his role in the film and what it was like working with Ken Loach.

Dave is an English stand-up comedian, writer and actor. He has appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive, 28 Acts in 28 Minutes and as God on Harry Hill. He won the Best Actor award for his role in the film, British Independent Film Awards.

Reviews and Awards

“There are shades of Dickens and Orwell in this emphatic drama about a disabled man strangled by the red tape of the benefits system” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Winner Palme D'Or, Cannes 2016

Part of the Culture in Conflict Film Season

Each year, Culture in Conflict screens a short season of distinctive films that challenge religious, social and political oppression. They raise issues that affect us all and are directly relevant to our diverse communities in Luton. This year, there are two films about clashes between eastern and western cultures (Dheepan and Sonita) and two about the shortcomings of western social and financial systems (The Big Short and I, Daniel Blake).

Guest speakers will introduce the films and lead audience discussions after the screenings. Expect controversy and lively debate.