Benefits in focus as film director Ken Loach visits Staple Hill

December 20 2017

BAFTA winning film director Ken Loach visited Staple Hill for discussion following a screening of his powerful movie I, Daniel Blake.

BAFTA winning film director Ken Loach visited Staple Hill for discussion following a screening of his powerful movie I, Daniel Blake.

Loach made the film, which portrays the hardships of the welfare system, in 2016. He told the audience at the You Foundation about the people he and screen writer John Laverty had met before and while making the film. 

The free event was organised by Debbie Porteous, from Filton and Bradley Stoke constituency Labour Party. A collection at the end raised £357 for the Resound foodbank in Emersons Green.

Debbie said: “The communities living in South Glos, on the outskirts of Bristol, often miss out on events such as this and so we organised this to take place here in Staple Hill. 

“There are a lot of people in South Glos affected by the issues that are raised in this moving film.  Ken told of the people that inspired him to make the film and local people spoke about their own similarly awful experiences.” 

Robert Young, youth worker at The You Foundation in Staple Hill, said: “The You Foundation is delighted to support this event and welcome Ken Loach to our new youth and community centre.  The film reflects many of the issues that Staple Hill suffers from such as employment deprivation and where it is placed in the 10% most deprived areas nationally.”

Dr Steve Presence, of Bristol Radical Film Club, said: “The event illustrated how powerful a medium film can be in bringing communities together to address the issues that affect them. We need more events like this.”