Film-maker Loach comes to Croydon to talk benefits and Blake

Ken Loach, the award-winning film director who came out of retirement to make I, Daniel Blake, the acclaimed account of life in Britain on benefits, will be visiting Croydon tomorrow to take part in a series of events organised by Momentum.

Ken Loach: from Cathy Come Home to I, Daniel Blake, the film-maker has charted Britain’s social problems for 60 years

The local branch of Momentum, a group formed to support Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Party leader, courted minor controversy last month when they tried to promote their activities by illegally fly-posting stickers and posters around the town centre. In Loach’s film, Daniel Blake’s desperate cry for help from the Department for Work and Pensions sees him resorting to painting graffiti on the Job Centre’s walls.

Loach is one of the foremost British film-makers of his generation his work, since the pioneering Cathy Come Home in the 1960s, always possessing a clear sense of social conscience.

In Croydon on Friday evening, Loach will be taking part in a Q&A with the audience after a screening of his film at TMRW, the council-run tech hub on Croydon High Street. Also on the panel will be Paula Peters, an activist with Disabled People Against the Cuts.

Tickets for the screening and Q&A are £10 each.

The Loach event precedes the following day’s events in Take Back Control – a somewhat Farage-esque title for eight hours of talks, workshops, films, theatre and ping pong at TMRW, where the speakers include Diane Abbott MP, Soweto Kinch, the Croydon-born Mercury Award-winning sax player, and local playwright James Fritz, plus a few Croydon councillors and Guardian journalists.

For full details of the events and to book your tickets, click here.

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