I, Daniel Blake was screened at the Flavel recently, and one of our cinema-goers sent in a comment after seeing it
"So pleased I got to see 'I, Daniel Blake'. Certainly a disturbing and thought provoking film on many levels. Do get to see it if you possibly can.
The main problem to me seems to be that nobody (or very few) actually listens.
Dan was entitled to help - there would have been money for him - but bureaucracy got in the way, and an inability to think outside the box.
For example, this poor man who had never had anything to do with computers in his life, kept getting told to 'go on line'. I totally related to that!!
He couldn't fill in his forms. He wrote out a CV by hand - that wouldn't do. He was told to look for jobs. He spent the whole week going round doing just that - but they asked for proof. There must surely be somebody who could pick up people like Dan who had paid his contributions all his life and wanted to work, and help him. Enough said!!"