On Thursday 26 January Streatham Free Film will be holding a screening of multi award winning Ken Loach film ‘I, Daniel Blake’ at 7.45pm at St. Margaret’s Church SW2 3BH. Viewers are invited to bring donations of non-perishable food items or monetary contributions which will be collected for the local Food Bank.
Winner of the 2016 Palme d’Or award at Cannes Film Festival, I, Daniel Blake is a hard hitting drama which serves as a reflection on modern society and the reality faced by so many who are struggling to make ends meet.
Starring Dave John (Daniel Blake) and newcomer Hayley Squires (Katie), it sees 59 year old carpenter and widower Daniel Blake struggling to navigate the current benefits system after he has to leave his job following a heart attack. Katie, a single mother from London , is left without her support network after she is been moved by local authorities to accommodation in Newcastle, where the film is set. Throughout the film the two stories intertwine, revealing the character’s humanity as they support each other through tough times and bureaucracy.
Anne-Marie McGregor, Co-ordinator of Streatham Free Film said: “The key aim of the Streatham Free Film project is to bring people together from the local area to enjoy films whilst celebrating the local community and giving something back. When ‘I, Daniel Blake’ came out it really resonated with us that the struggles faced by those in the film are the reality for many people across South London. We wanted to give local residents the opportunity to see the film as well as the opportunity to support local food banks in the vital work that they do. We hope to see as many people at St. Margaret’s as possible on the night and welcome all donations however small.”
The film fans are all volunteers and have joined with the local church as it already has a large screen as part of it’s plans to build a community hub. The church needs to raise £300,000 to build a special area for the current foodbank to be housed and to train social advice workers. Reverend Dr Gareth Powell, who is leading the project, said: “Ideally we would not have foodbanks but as we do we want to ensure the food we have is stored more suitably and is easy to access.”
“The food is currently stored in a room in the church where the shelves are stacked to the ceiling but the plan is to create a special underground storage unit providing a real asset to the foodbank project and its many volunteers.”
“It is a dire situation when local people need to rely on a foodbank. Some people are not just about managing, they are really struggling.
“We need to reach out to the whole community, otherwise we just have a church building that is redundant. The plans are for everyone, from young to old, and will bring people together who might not otherwise meet.”
The church has formed a solid relationship with Streatham Hill Foodbank, which forms part of the Norwood and Brixton Foodbank Group.
We are grateful to Streatham Free Film for putting on this screening to help raise awareness of this issue, and also for giving people the opportunity to provide much needed donations to Streatham food bank. “
Visit Streatham Free Film website for more details.