DVD & BLU-RAY DETAILS
RUN TIME: 100 mins
RRP: £19.99 / £24.99
- Commentary with Director Ken Loach and Writer Paul Laverty
- How To Make a Ken Loach Film featurette
- Deleted Scenes
I, DANIEL BLAKE is available digitally from 13th February 2017 on Blu-ray and DVD from 27th February 2017.
Article in progress
Early 90’s, I was an usher @ The Riverside Studios. Ed Lewis, Cinema Programmer, used to program double bills: films by a same author, same actor or films with common subject matters. As far as I remember, Ken Loach’s films were programmed together.
When I became Ed’s assistant, he taught me the importance of British film makers like Ken Loach, Mike Leigh and others. According to him, they were essential in recording social injustices of our time.
When the Riverside closed for refurbishment, I joined the NFT (now called the BFI) as a cinema member. It is there I bumped into the social film maker a few times. Always by the NFT 1 entrance. Polite and humble. Late 90’s or early 00’s, one night, the NFT 1 invited the man for a talk after a screening. I don’t remember the film’s name but there was conflict between its intensity and an individual kicking my back seat on a regular basis.
At some point, avoiding a scandal, I simply looked at the person in a not so friendly mood, like if-you-don’t-stop-I-might-strangle-you! The back sit kicker was very apologetic and so was his wife and I decided to go (with my eyes) “ok but don’t do it again” until I realised Ken Loach had long legs that needed to express themselves.
I mean... who else can go to a Xmas party and brag about being “ass-kicked” by the twice Palm D’Or winner film director?
Months before Ken Loach won a Palm for I, Daniel Blake in May 2016, I wrote to his film production enquiring whether they would be interested in making a film about the unemployed voluntary scheme set up by the Tories. Ken was actually in post prod on similar subject: the unemployed fate!
I had just received a letter inviting me...
My write-up is coming, but if in urge, buy the DVD, it’s an essential to have. Sorry I have been on this article as soon as Ken’s prod sent me the DVD to review.
Sybille Castelain firstname.lastname@example.org