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Our 2017 season continues at 8pm on Wednesday 25th January with I, Daniel Blake.

We encourage all CFS members to arrive earlier than usual in order to guarantee a decent seat.

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UK, 2016, Ken Loach, Drama, 100 mins (15)

Starring: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Dylan McKiernan, Briana Shaan.

A British drama about an elderly joiner who suffers from a heart attack and is unable to work. He befriends a young single mother, who like him, is struggling with the red tape of the state welfare system.

Directed by Ken Loach - winner of 93 international awards so far. Also known for Kes, Looking For Eric, Sweet Sixteen, Riff-Raff, Ae Fond Kiss… and many more.

Screenplay written by Paul Laverty.

The film has had 15 awards and a further 18 nominations so far. The awards include the prestigious Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or and two British Independent Film Awards for Best Actor (Dave Johns) and Most Promising Newcomer (Hayley Squires).

It was shot in London and Newcastle.

Director Ken Loach is the oldest Palme d'Or winner ever. When he won on 22nd May 2016 he was 79 years old. This is Ken Loach's second Palme d'Or; he won his first one in 2006 with The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

At the Cannes premiere, Ken Loach and his team were greeted with a rapturous 15-minute standing ovation after the official screening of I, Daniel Blake.

The film was shot in chronological order. Lead actress Hayley Squires was not given the entire script to read before filming. She only was given fragments as accompanying scenes were shot.

The incident in the film involving the character Katie at the foodbank really happened to a woman in Glasgow who Paul Laverty met while researching his script.

Reviews:
"Ken Loach crafts a Cathy Come Home for the 21st century, the raw anger of which resonates long after you leave the cinema."
Mark Kermode, The Guardian (✱✱✱✱✱)

"A quietly fearsome piece of drama."
Robbie Collin, The Telegraph (✱✱✱)

Some comments on CFS from last season's members:

"My first season, and what an awesome season that was! I've seen so many films that wouldn't normally appear on my radar and I consider myself more fulfilled because of it! It's been an educating, entertaining and enthralling 9 months!" C.M.

“I joined last year to see non-UK films that are infrequently shown elsewhere. The films I saw were breathtakingly beautiful; the range of subject matter, plot and photography were amazing.” R.J.

“15 diverse films from around the world – on the big screen, on our doorstep, and all for under £3.50 a film! For a film-lover this has to be the best deal around.” – J. F.

"An invigorating injection of culture in your local theatre! Prepare to be challenged, surprised, moved and entertained by a unique selection of films, all informatively introduced." C.L.




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