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I, Daniel Blake ()


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After having suffered a heart-attack, a 59-year-old carpenter must fight the bureaucratic forces of the system in order to receive Employment and Support Allowance.

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  • Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 25 wins & 34 nominations.
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Daniel Blake
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Katie
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Daisy
Dylan McKiernan ...
Dylan (as Dylan Phillip McKiernan)
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Ann
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Sheila
Kema Sikazwe ...
China
Steven Richens ...
Piper
Amanda Payne ...
Employment Support Allowance Assessor
Chris Mcglade ...
At the Sawmill (as Chris McGlade)
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At the Sawmill
Gavin Webster ...
At the Sawmill
Sammy T. Dobson ...
Specialist Nurse
Mickey Hutton ...
Neighbour with dog
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Postman
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Benefit Enquiry Line Advisor
Stephen Clegg ...
Job Centre Floor Manager
Andy Kidd ...
Job Centre Guard
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Stan Li
Jane Birch ...
Librarian
Kimberley Blair Smith ...
Student
Junior Atilassi ...
Student
John Sumner ...
CV Instructor
Dave Turner ...
Harry Edwards
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Supermarket Guard Ivan
Roy McCartney ...
Decision Maker
Neil Stuart Morton ...
Supermarket manager
Stephen Halliday ...
Furniture Dealer (as Steve Halliday)
Julie Nicholson ...
Business Woman
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Woman in House
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Scotsman
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Police Officer
Helen Dixon ...
Police Officer
Gary Jacques ...
Senior Police Officer
Mick Laffey ...
Welfare Rights Officer
Patricia Roberts
Yvonne Maher
Susan Robinson
Mike Milligan
Laura Jane Barnes-Martin
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Appeal Receptionist
Brian Scurr
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Natalie Ann Jamieson ...
Employment Support Allowance Assessor (uncredited)
Mark Burns ...
Job Seeker (uncredited)
Dominic Chambers ...
Phil (uncredited)
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Shopper (uncredited)
Rob Kirtley ...
Food Bank (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ken Loach

Written by

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Paul Laverty ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Tania Antonioli ... executive producer: Les Films du Fleuve
Rosa Attab ... executive producer: Why Not Productions
Carole Baraton ... executive producer: Wild Bunch
Jacqui Barr ... executive producer: BBC Films
Zoe Brown ... executive producer: BBC Films
Pauline Bénard ... executive producer: Why Not Productions
Emmanuelle Castro ... executive producer: Wild Bunch
Pascal Caucheteux ... executive producer
Clare Coulter ... executive producer: BFI
Will Evans ... executive producer: BFI
Emma Kayee ... executive producer: BFI
Christine Langan ... executive producer: BBC Films
Philippe Logie ... associate producer
Vincent Maraval ... executive producer
Eimhear McMahon ... line producer
Fiona Morham ... executive producer: BFI
Sofia Neves ... executive producer: BFI
Rebecca O'Brien ... producer
Joe Oppenheimer ... executive producer: BBC Films
Ben Roberts ... executive producer: BFI
Ruth Sanders ... executive producer: BBC Films
Livy Sandler ... executive producer: BBC Films
Grégoire Sorlat ... executive producer
Delphine Tomson ... executive producer: Les Films du Fleuve
Benjamin Toussaint ... executive producer: Why Not Productions
Michael Wood ... executive producer: BBC Films

Music by

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George Fenton

Cinematography by

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Robbie Ryan

Film Editing by

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Jonathan Morris

Editorial Department

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Nick Anderson ... on-line editor
Alison Carter ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Steve Farman ... negative cutter
Erline O'Donovan-Clarke ... assistant editor (as Erline O'Donovan)
Gareth Spensley ... colorist
Louise Stewart ... post-production coordinator
Drew Armstrong ... i/o coordinator (uncredited)
Tom Cairns ... digital intermediate conform editor (uncredited)
Michelle Cort ... digital intermediate conform editor (uncredited)
Dan Crussell ... colorist dailies (uncredited)
Alice Jowitt ... data transfer (uncredited) / digital intermediate operator (uncredited)
Steve Knight ... digital intermediate coordinator (uncredited)
Justin Lanchbury ... digital intermediate film consultant (uncredited)
Jonny Monks ... data transfer (uncredited) / digital intermediate operator (uncredited)
Andrew Scattergood ... data transfer (uncredited)

Casting By

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Kahleen Crawford

Production Design by

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Fergus Clegg
Linda Wilson

Costume Design by

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Jo Slater ... (as Joanne Slater)

Makeup Department

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Anita Brolly ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Kim Brown ... makeup trainee
Danielle Jones ... make-up dailies
Kerry Nicholson ... daily

Production Management

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Dave Gales ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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David Gilchrist ... first assistant director
Henry Jay Gordon ... third assistant director (as Henry Gordon)
Jamie Hamer ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Caroline Barton ... stand-by art director
Martin Butterworth ... titles designer
Dominic Byles ... stand-by props
John Condron ... dressing props
Benjamin James Davis ... art department assistant (as Benjamin Davis)
Colin Dent ... construction coordinator
Amy Cooper Goodrich ... prop buyer
Craig Orton ... painter
Tom Pleydell-Pearce ... property master
Zoe Robinson ... petty cash buyer
Don Santos ... dressing props

Sound Department

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Ray Beckett ... sound recordist
Ben Brazier ... dialogue editor / foley editor
Kevin Brazier ... sound editor
Robert Brazier ... sound effects editor
Andrew Caller ... re-recording mixer
Michael Clayton ... sound mix technician
Mike Duddy ... additional boom operator (as Michael Duddy)
Esteban Golubicki ... dubbing supervisor
Sue Harding ... foley artist
Alex Lewis ... sound trainee
Adam Scrivener ... re-recording mixer
John Skehill ... sound mix technician
Neal Skillen ... boom operator
Rowena Wilkinson ... foley artist

Special Effects by

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David Loveridge ... computer screen graphics
Adeel Punnu ... computer screen graphics

Camera and Electrical Department

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Steven Armstrong ... rushes runner
Joss Barratt ... still photographer
Matt Fisher ... camera operator: "b" camera / steadicam operator
Dries Houben ... best boy
Léo Lefèvre ... clapper loader
Simon Magee ... gaffer
Pete Murphy ... additional electrician
Ross O'Brien ... additional electrician
Andrew O'Reilly ... focus puller
Joachim Philippe ... clapper loader
Ellen Pickering ... camera trainee
François Tiberghien ... generator operator
Davey Morgan ... daily electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Polly Malloch ... casting assistant
Caroline Stewart ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Vivienne Race ... wardrobe supervisor
Nisha Williams ... costume assistant

Location Management

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Aaron Blackburn ... location assistant
David Gales ... unit manager
Mark Gales ... location manager
James Godwin ... location assistant

Music Department

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Mat Bartram ... music mixer (as Matt Bartram) / music recordist (as Matt Bartram)
Caroline Dale ... score musician: cello
Jess Murphy ... score musician: violin
Chris Parker ... pro tools operator
Samuel Pegg ... music preparation
Isobel Griffiths ... contractor: orchestra (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Brian Robson ... transportation
Dan Robson ... transportation

Other crew

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Debbie Banbury-Morley ... script clearances
Chris Bevan ... assistant production coordinator
Valérie Boyer ... support
Ann Cattrall ... assistant to director
Isabel Chick ... production accountant
Brahim Choukri ... support
Anne Flamant ... support
Ellie Goff ... catering: Fine Food
Gareth Harding ... catering: Fine Food
Laurent Hassid ... support
Bertrand Hassiny-Bonnette ... support (as Bertrand Hassini-Bonnette)
Niamh Hayes ... assistant to producer
Susan Humphrey ... catering: Fine Food
Courtney Moore Jones ... production coordinator (as Courtney Moore)
Patrick Jones ... production runner
Jean Labadie ... support
Philippe Logie ... support: VOO et Be TV
Didier Lupfer ... support
Lucy Marr ... assistant production coordinator (as Lucy Marr)
La' Toyah McDonald ... floor runner
Isabelle Molhant ... support: Casa Kafka Pictures
Habib Rahman ... accountant
Ruth Smith ... welfare rights advisor
Heather Storr ... script supervisor
Emily Tillman ... production runner
Kristina Zimmermann ... support
Alexandre Bourg ... marketing assistant: Le Pacte (uncredited)
Laurence Granec ... press attaché: France (uncredited)
Charles McDonald ... press (uncredited)
Ronak Singh ... floor runner: dailies (uncredited)

Thanks

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Gillian Atkinson ... thanks: Tomorrow's People
Neil Baird ... thanks: Changing Lives
Emma Bell ... thanks
Laurent Berthou ... thanks
Susan Bruce ... thanks: Stoke-on-Trent
Jeanne Campbell ... thanks
Stephen Carty ... thanks (as Dr. Stephen Carty)
Helen Coker ... thanks: Peanuts Casting
Jude Cowgill ... thanks: Hawthorn Primary School (as Judy Cowgill)
Tony Cox ... thanks
Margaret Craig ... thanks (as Dr. Margaret Craig)
Willie Denholme ... thanks
Allen Dickinson ... thanks (as Reverend Allan Dickinson)
Georgy Evans ... thanks
Carol Gallagher ... thanks
Kevin Garvey ... thanks
Dave Ginnelly ... thanks
Fran Heathcote ... thanks
Gillian Hewitson ... thanks
Alasdair Hill ... thanks: NUFC
Nicolas Livecchi ... thanks
Vince Logan ... thanks
Val Lynch ... thanks: Changing Lives
Kenneth MacAskill ... thanks (as Kenny MacAskill)
John McArdle ... thanks: Black Triangle Campaign (as John James McArdle)
Lisa Michelle McKenzie ... thanks: Nottingham (as Lisa McKenzie)
Phil Old ... thanks: Armed Forces & Veterans Launchpad
Chris Orr ... thanks
Jack Pickering ... thanks
Bill Scott ... thanks
Christian Seradura ... thanks
Shea the Three Legged Dog ... thanks
Ruth Smith ... thanks
Fabien Snoek ... thanks
Warren Thomas ... thanks: Hoochie Coochie and Staff
Mick Vallance ... thanks: The Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty (as Mike Vallance)
Claire Webster ... thanks: Skimstone Arts (as Claire Webster Saaremets)
David Webster ... thanks (as Prof. David Webster)
Julie Webster ... thanks
Bob Whelans ... thanks: Newcastle Labour Club
Laura Obiols ... grateful acknowledgment (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

A 59 year old carpenter recovering from a heart attack befriends a single mother and her two kids as they navigate their way through the impersonal, Kafkaesque benefits system. With equal amounts of humor, warmth and despair, the journey is heartfelt and emotional until the end.

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Taglines Intensely Moving and Utterly Heartbreaking! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Moi, Daniel Blake (France)
  • Ich, Daniel Blake (Germany)
  • Yo, Daniel Blake (Spain)
  • Eu, Daniel Blake (Portugal)
  • Moi, Daniel Blake (Canada, French title)
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Runtime
  • 100 min
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Trivia The film was shot in chronological order. Lead actress Hayley Squires was not given the entire script to read before filming. She only was given fragments as accompanying scenes were shot. See more »
Goofs When Daniel is in the benefits office the adviser Ann notices he looks unwell and sits him down and gives Daniel a plastic cup of water. Initially when Daniel gets the cup there are two or three cups stick together, as sometimes happens, the film then cuts away and then back and Daniels cup has become just one plastic cup. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach (2016). See more »
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Quotes [last lines]
Katie: They call this a "pauper's funeral" because it's the cheapest slot, at 9:00. But Dan wasn't a pauper to us. He gave us things that money can't buy. When he died, I found this on him. He always used to write in pencil. And he wanted to read it at his appeal but he never got the chance to. And I swear that this lovely man, had so much more to give, and that the State drove him to an early grave. And this is what he wrote. "I am not a client, a customer, nor a service user. "I am not a shirker, a scrounger, a beggar, nor a thief. "I'm not a National Insurance Number or blip on a screen. "I paid my dues, never a penny short, and proud to do so. "I don't tug the forelock, but look my neighbour in the eye and help him if I can. "I don't accept or seek charity. "My name is Daniel Blake. I am a man, not a dog. "As such, I demand my rights. "I demand you treat me with respect. "I, Daniel Blake, am a citizen, "nothing more and nothing less."Thank you.
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