I, Daniel Blake

I, Daniel Blake

When you lose your self-respect, you’re done for.

After watching I, Daniel Blake, a friend asked: ‘Did you enjoy it?’ My first thought was, does anyone actually enjoy Ken Loach films, a director who over the past 40 years has tackled some of the grittiest social economic problems of the UK?  My answer though, was yes.

While I, Daniel Blake may at times be a hard watch, it is an important and furious film – fully deserving of Loach’s second Palme d’Or from this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
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Supersonic

Supersonic

Mad for it.

For a brief couple of years, Oasis defined the music of the mid 1990s. Arrogance, swagger and controversy were constant companions, but their music struck such a chord within the UK and beyond, that for a while, they were simply untouchable.

Supersonic turns the spotlight on these early years, from their first single in 1994 to culminating in arguably their pinnacle moment: the 1996 sell-out shows at Knebworth, where they played to over 250,000 fans. This was a key moment in the band’s career, as for once, a flicker of self-doubt crept in – could they really sell out such an iconic venue, twice?  In the end, two and a half million people, almost 4% of the UK population, applied for tickets and if they had wanted to, Oasis could have played sold out shows for a week. (more…)