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We are all Daniel Blake!

JANUARY 29, 2020

Exactly half a century after the iconic television play Cathy Come Home sparked a national conversation about homelessness, another Ken Loach production will be released in cinemas nationally on October 21, is getting people talking – this time about our convoluted, austerity-driven benefits system which has robbed so many of their dignity.

I, Daniel Blake is a brutally honest and moving account of the failings of our welfare state. It lays bare the cruel realities of those left to fall through the cracks and the total lack of humanity in the system. But also shows the solidarity and support that exists in working class communities. The film will be in cinemas on general release from 21 October.

Unite has thousands of free tickets to give away to Unite members to special advance screenings in major cities around the country on Monday 3 October. 33 locations, country-wide. Tickets are limited so act fast. 

I, Daniel Blake tells the story of Daniel, a 59-year-old joiner from the North East who, although having worked his entire life, has a massive heart attack and can no longer work. He signs on to the out-of-work sickness benefit, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and enters the labyrinthine, bureaucratic and often heartless world of the state benefits system in an era of austerity.

The release of the film coincides with reports showing that one in three working families are one paycheque away from losing their home, with nearly 1m people now on zero hours contracts, never knowing how much they will earn from week to week and with 16.5m working-age adults in the UK having no savings at all.

While the official release date is not until October 21, Unite has teamed up with the film’s distributors to show special free screenings in 33 cinemas in cities across the UK to Unite members on Monday, October 3 - More details here.

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