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Director Ken Loach on social injustice in Britain

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 02:26

Veteran director Ken Loach criticises the British prime minister and welfare cuts at premiere of drama ''I, Daniel Blake''. Rough cut - no reporter narration.

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Veteran director Ken Loach took aim at British Prime Minister Theresa May at the premiere of his latest film, "I, Daniel Blake". Loach and his cast were in London on Tuesday (October 18) for a red carpet event which was also attended by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. A group of demonstrators gathered outside the cinema, holding posters and addressing passersby on the negative impact of welfare cuts. "I, Daniel Blake" tells the story of how Britain's social security system pushes a downtrodden carpenter and a single mother of two into poverty in the northeastern city of Newcastle. Stand-up comedian Dave Johns plays joiner Daniel who is denied disability benefits when unable to work through illness. He befriends young mother Katie (newcomer Hayley Squires) as they battle with the authorities. Loach, who scooped the prestigious Palme d'Or trophy at the Cannes film festival for the drama, commented on what he called "the cruel regime" of sanctions imposed by May's government on vulnerable people. Meanwhile, lead actress Hayley Squires said the film's themes of social injustice and class division in the UK would resonate with global audiences. "I, Daniel Blake" opens in UK cinemas on October 21.

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Director Ken Loach on social injustice in Britain

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 02:26