Yesterday I came across a reference to I, Daniel Blake. I hadn't heard much about it, but I gathered from the reference that it was a film about the benefit cuts, and that tory commentator Toby Young had tried to dismiss the film as somehow ''not ringing true''. That of course got my interest, so this morning I'd give Ken Loach's film a watch on Youtube. Young had apparently said it was too bleak, and ''a far cry from the claimants portrayed on benefits street''. (see this video).
What I just found myself watching was an unremittingly bleak film, yet one wholly and heartbreakingly based in the savage truth. If you want to know what is going on in this country, if you want to understand what the Tories are doing and the effect their cuts are having, watch this film. While I got the impression that there were ever so slight whiffs of exaggeration for dramatic or narrative purposes, time ant time again, I've heard stories like this. In a way it feels like an amalgamation of many people's stories, all condensed into one. My one criticism would only be that it too often goes out of it's way to explain technical terms and details, so some of the dialogue felt a bit contrived. Young apparently complains that the film is too bleak, yet whether he likes it or not, this film exposes the reality of what the tories are doing. The current ''back to work'' regime is a scandal, and more than anything, this film made me even more furious at the Tory p'tahks implementing it. This film exposes the savage reality of what is currently going on; we should all watch it and get angry.
[Edited 10/04/2017 at 12:02:16 - added a bit]
[Edited 10/04/2017 at 20:59:55 - added a bit]