Ken Loach’s 2016 Palme d’Or award-winning film I, Daniel Blake is to be shown in North Ayrshire at a special event organised by North Ayrshire Trades Council and the People’s Assembly.

The film, which will be screened at 7:30pm on Thursday 23 March in the Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine, tells the tale of a Newcastle carpenter fighting to collect government support after falling ill.

Released 50 years after his ground-breaking TV play Cathy Come Home, which followed the harsh journey of a young mother on a path to homelessness—and sparked public debate on the conditions endured by those trapped in poverty—I Daniel Blake paints a 21st century picture of ordinary people struggling to make their way through the maze of the modern-day welfare system.

In stark contrast to the stereotypical portrayal of ‘lazy benefit scroungers’ depicted on TV shows and newspapers, the characters in I, Daniel Blake, are desperate to move forward from their current circumstances, through work or, in the case of Daniel, recuperation before returning to work.

For full details of the event, text Arthur West on 07826 127759, or email on

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