Ricky and his family have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to wrestle back some independence appears with a shiny new van and the chance to run a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver. It's hard work, and his wife's job as a carer is no easier. The family unit is strong but when both are pulled in different directions everything comes to breaking point.
CAST & CREW
Director of Photography
Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone.
Sixteen Films BBC Films BFI Film Fund Les Films du Fleuve Why Not Productions Wild Bunch
After studying law at St. Peter's College, Oxford, he branched out into the theatre, performing with a touring repertory company. This led to television, where in alliance with producer Tony Garnett he produced a series of docudramas, most notably the devastating Cathy Come Home episode of The Wednesday Play (1964), whose impact was so massive that it led directly to a change in the homeless laws. He made his debut feature Poor Cow (1967) the following year, and with Kes (1969), he produced what is now acclaimed as one of the finest films ever made in Britain. He made a spectacular comeback in the 1990s, with a series of award-winning films firmly establishing him in the pantheon of great European directors - his films have always been more popular in mainland Europe than in his native country or the US. Hidden Agenda (1990) won the Special Jury Prize at the 1990 Cannes FF; Riff-Raff (1991) won the Felix Award for Best European Film of 1992; Raining Stones (1993) won the Cannes Special Jury Prize for 1993, and Land and Freedom (1995) won the FIPRESCI Prize and the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 1995 Cannes FF - and was a substantial box-office hit in Spain where it sparked intense debate about its subject matter. The Wind that Shakes the Barley won the Palme d’Or at the 2006 Cannes FF. Loach's biggest box office success to date, the film did well around the world and set a record in Ireland as the highest-grossing Irish-made independent film, until surpassed by The Guard in 2011. I, Daniel Blake (2016) received the Palme d’Or at the Cannes FF again, making Ken Loach the ninth filmmaker to win the award twice.
Poor Cow (1967), Kes (1969), Family Life (1971), Black Jack (1979), The Gamekeeper (1980), Auditions (1980, doc.), A Question of Leadership (1981, doc.), Looks and Smiles (1981), The Red and the Blue: Impressions of Two Political Conferences - Autumn 1982 (1983, doc.), Questions of Leadership (1983, doc.), Which Side Are You On? (1985, doc.), Fatherland (1986), Time to Go (1989, short, doc.), The View from the Woodpile (1989, TV doc.), Hidden Agenda (1990), Riff-Raff (1991), Raining Stones (1993), Ladybird Ladybird (1994), Land and Freedom (1995), A Contemporary Case for Common Ownership (1995, short, doc.), Carla's Song (1996), My Name Is Joe (1998), McLibel: Two Worlds Collide (1998, doc.), The Flickering Flame (1998, doc.), Bread and Roses (2000), The Navigators (2001), Sweet Sixteen (2002), September 11 (segment United Kingdom, 2002), Ae Fond Kiss... (2004), Tickets (segment, 2005), McLibel (2005, doc.), The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006), To Each His Own Cinema (segment, 2007), It's a Free World... (2007), Looking for Eric (2009), Route Irish (2010), The Angels' Share (2012), The Spirit of '45 (2013, doc.), Jimmy's Hall (2014), I, Daniel Blake (2016), In Conversation with Jeremy Corbyn (2016, doc.), Sorry We Missed You (2019).