HIC is a not-for-profit community film club organised and run by Haringey residents. It’s usually held on the last Thursday of the month at Park View School (formerly West Green Learning Centre) on West Green Road. Doors open at 7pm and tickets cost £4 (£3 for low or unwaged). Everyone welcome!
7.00pm, Thursday 30 March 2017
I, Daniel Blake
Ken Loach | UK, 2016 | 100 mins | Rated 15 | Tickets £4 / £3 low or unwaged
“They’ll fuck you around, make it as miserable as possible – that’s the plan.”
Having suffered a heart attack at work, 59-year-old Geordie joiner Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) has been instructed by doctors to rest. For the first time in his life he needs help from the state, yet since he is able to walk 50 metres and “raise either arm as if to put something in your top pocket”, he is deemed ineligible for employment and support allowance. Instead he must apply for jobseeker’s allowance, attend pointless CV workshops and pound the pavements in search of nonexistent jobs that he can’t take anyway.
Meanwhile, single mother-of-two Katie (Hayley Squires) is similarly being given the runaround. Daniel takes her under his wing after she’s rehoused hundreds of miles from her friends and family in London after spending two years in a hostel. Both are doing all they can to make the best of a bleak situation, retaining their hope and dignity in the face of insurmountable odds. Yet both are falling through the cracks of a cruel system that pushes those caught up in its cogs to breaking point.
Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winning film is on one level a polemical indictment of a faceless benefits bureaucracy that strips claimants of their humanity by reducing them to mere numbers. On another, it is a celebration of the decency and kinship of (extra)ordinary people who look out for each other when the state abandons its duty of care. With a brilliantly insightful script from Paul Laverty, I, Daniel Blake is a gut-wrenching tragicomic drama that will stay with you long after leaving the cinema.
7.00pm, Thursday 27 April 2017
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