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Award-winning film ‘I, Daniel Blake’ to be shown for free in Bognor

A hard-hitting film about an unemployed carpenter struggling to navigate his way through the benefits system will be shown for free in Bognor Regis.

“I, Daniel Blake”, directed by Ken Loach was released in 2016 but was only available at a handful of cinemas across the country. It tells the story of a middle-aged carpenter from Newcastle trying to claim state benefits after an injury leaves him unable to work.

The film production company have now made it available to communities that missed out to enable a wider audience to see the iconic film and act as a catalyst for further discussion around the issues raised.

Val Souchet, who is organising the free screenings, said: “I’m hoping that people come and see something that makes them think, talk, act – understand that we all live very differently to each other.”

Organisers are inviting people to get into the spirit of the film and bring along a tin or packet as a donation to the Bognor Regis food bank if they wish.

I, Daniel Blake has been critically acclaimed since its release last year. It won the Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 and scooped the Bafta for the best British film earlier this month.

There will be two screenings at the Salvation Army hub in central Bognor Regis on March 2nd. To register for your free ticket go to

Carl Eldridge
Carl Eldridge
Carl Eldridge is a hugely experienced journalist who has worked on local and national newspapers, magazines and written for websites over the past 30 years. He lives in Bognor Regis with his wife and son.