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


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.

Even the Rain on Release in UK

Even the Rain gets a run in UK cinemas.

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‘Bollaín and Laverty offer a cutting, self-critical analysis of their medium while finding an honest and effective perspective on history’  – Time Out

‘This smart fable stars Gael García Bernal as a heartthrob Herzog’ – The Guardian

‘Sharply directed and superbly written, this is a thought provoking and emotionally engaging political drama’  – View London

‘The story oozes ambition while Gael Garcia Bernal gives a superb performance’ – Virgin

‘Even The Rain is clever, warm and compelling, and kept me thinking long after I departed the cinema.’ – Don’t Panic

‘Scores points for stylistic ambition and its heartfelt sympathies towards the dispossessed. – Total Film

‘With each new Laverty script there is renewed hope that cinema can achieve its lofty ideals.’ – The Quietus

‘Even the Rain reminded me in one of the most masterful ways I have ever seen, that the Indigenous people are still being dehumanized in the 21st Century.’ – Edward James Olmos

‘At a time when the poor of the world seem to be rising up, I found myself deeply moved and completely enthralled by this film.’ – Michael Moore

The Angels’ Share Trailer

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…

BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters Lecture

Paul Laverty talks about his approach to writing screenplays and the importance of team work in film making in his BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters Lecture 2011.

On whether writing in Glasgow vernacular comes easiest:

Yeah, by a mile. I suppose I’m very lucky too. Ken’s always really been supportive in helping with that. We’ve made films in Los Angeles and Nicaragua and other places, and I’m always just really respectful of the differences with people. Someone from Mexico City has got a different life view from a Campesino in Nicaragua, or someone who’s grown up in Los Angeles. They’re all very, very different, so you have to work much harder and listen. You can never capture it the same way. But with something from Glasgow, well it’s your natural rhythm and it’s much easier.

I’ll never forget, the day I actually sat down to start My Name Is Joe. I remember the blank sheet and the absolute exhilaration because I thought this man was going to bring us to troublesome places. What I loved about the character Joe, in my head before I started, was one of the steps – one of the 12 steps, I think it’s the fourth one – he’s got to make a fearless moral inventory of himself. And there’s great juice with that.

So you don’t know exactly where it might go, but you just feel it’s going to take you on a journey and I love that kind of sense of excitement, of not exactly knowing where you’re going to go.

On where his characters come from

I do listen and talk to an awful lot of people. I think listening, for a writer, is greatly underestimated. It’s underestimated for a human being. People are happy to talk about their lives. What you’re doing with a screenplay is that you’re trying to understand the world from someone else’s point of view. You only see the world from your point of view, so to try and understand it just by listening to people just gives you great information and new ideas.

I don’t think you can copy a screenplay from the street. You can’t do that. But it really gives you a lot more information, a lot more ideas, if you’re talking to a kid, or someone from a different culture, a different language, a different sex or who is much older or younger; someone from a different country who has just seen the world a different way. And when you listen and talk to them it’s sometimes absolutely remarkable. So I like to do all that. But when it comes to the character, I’ve never copied a character that I’ve met; not consciously. I think you rob and steal and take little bits here and there but I just felt when I confronted Joe, I felt I knew him, you know?

On researching Bread and Roses in Tijuana and Juarez

It was amazing, going to Tijuana and Juarez and all these places along the border where they have all these maquila factories. What was remarkable about them, when you actually go to the factories, is that they’re state-of-the-art. I went to see one at Ford and they were making beautiful brakes and machines and all that. Then I met some of the grass roots organisers. I went to see where they lived. And the wooden pallets that brought in all this fancy machinery, that’s what they lived in. And they were working so many hours their children were just left to wander. It’s an experiment of absolute, totally unrelated brutal capitalism. They just work and then they’re dumped, there’s no infrastructure, there’s absolutely nothing, so there’s no surprise in a way that one aberration breeds another in Juarez. I don’t know how many thousands of women, literally, are murdered each year along the Juarez border.

They’re actually working so hard, doing double shifts, that at the weekends they go absolutely crazy. They go drinking. And often, because they don’t have enough money, they drift into prostitution. So after seeing all that, talking to these people, seeing their faces and seeing where they went, you have the confidence perhaps to try and write that and give them a voice.

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