I, Daniel Blake

 

Official book for Palme d’Or winning film, 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

Watch an interactive documentary about the making of I, Daniel Blake here

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Jimmys Hall

Jimmys-Hall

A story inspired by the life and times of Jimmy Gralton and a country hall in Ireland.

In 1921 Jimmy Gralton’s sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in Ireland where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream… but above all to dance and have fun. Jimmy’s Hall celebrates the spirit of these free thinkers.

This is the official tie-in book for the new Ken Loach and Paul Laverty film and features:

– Original screenplay
– Photos from the film
– Production notes from cast and crew, including Paul Laverty, Ken Loach and Rebecca O’Brien
– Historical context for Jimmy Gralton

A screenplay book is the perfect way to feed the cinema in your head, let your mind direct.

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‘This charming and (nearly) understated political allegory from Ken Loach makes for his strongest work in years… there’s a scene here which enters the pantheon of Loach’s greatest ever.’ – Little White Lies

‘A sumptuous period piece.’ – Evening Standard

‘Gives voice with eloquence to the disenfranchised and celebrates the spirit of working people.’ – Eye For Film

‘One of the sunniest, most optimistic films in the Ken Loach canon.’ – The Independent

‘Vividly and intelligently told, and one that leaves you with a stirring sense of joy, injustice and hope.’ – Time Out

‘Eminently enjoyable work by a master craftsman, Loach’s filmmaking here has an elegant simplicity and flow from one scene to the next.’ – Variety

On the set of Jimmy’s Hall

A short film by The Wild Geese shot on the set of the latest Ken Loach and Paul Laverty film, Jimmy’s Hall. Includes an interview with screenwriter Paul Laverty and producer Rebecca O’Brien, who give background context to the film.

Jimmy’s Hall will be released in late Spring 2014.

A book of the screenplay will be published by Route.

Ken Loach in Turin

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‘We need to fight for the future of our children and our grandchildren. That means fighting against every wage cut, it means fighting against every job loss, every closure of factories or hospitals. And you have shown the way. And that’s what makes it so exciting to be here.

It’s very nice to get prizes from film festivals. And I don’t treat it lightly. It would be an honour for everyone involved in our films to have that. But there’s one prize we all share, and that’s to be part of this struggle. So this is a great prize for me.’

Ken Loach’s speech in Turin, explaining why he turned down the film festival’s lifetime achievement award.

The Angels’ Share Trailer

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Official trailer for The Angels Share film. Directed by Ken Loach. Screenplay by Paul Laverty.

Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives.

Will it be ‘slopping out’ for the next twenty years, or a new future with ‘Uisge Beatha’ the ‘Water of Life?’ Only the angels know…