Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle is holding a special screening of award winning film I, Daniel Blake for people in the North East region facing similar issues to those depicted in the film. This special screening will be followed by a Q&A with some of the actors from the film.

The Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle is putting on a special production of I, Daniel Blake at the Tyneside Cinema on Sunday 30th October at 12.30. The film is set in Newcastle and deals with issues of poverty, challenges with the benefits system and people who are generally buckling under the system. This special showing is aimed at service users and people with lived experience.

There will be an opportunity to meet the cast afterwards and to take part in a special piece of art that is being developed as part of the show, and Changing Lives’ clients are encouraged to join the panel with the actors to discuss their experiences of exclusion.

Directed by British Filmmaker Ken Loach, I, Daniel Blake won the Palme D’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. It follows Daniel Blake, 59, who has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle who finds himself needing help from the State for the first time in his life. During this process, he crosses paths with single mother-of-two, Katie, whose only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London is to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know, some 300 miles away. Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern-day Britain.

We are pleased that we are working in partnership with the Tyneside Cinema in this way.

Watch the trailer for I, Daniel Blake below.

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