West Norfolk screening of BAFTA award-winning film I, Daniel Blake to raise money for the homeless

I, Daniel Blake will be screened at a charity fundraiser in King's Lynn. Picture: Submitted/Archant

I, Daniel Blake will be screened at a charity fundraiser in King's Lynn. Picture: Submitted/Archant Library - Credit: Archant

A screening of a BAFTA award-winning film will be held in West Norfolk to raise money for a homeless charity.

The Guildhall of St George in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

The Guildhall of St George in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

For the first time in King's Lynn, the 2016 film I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach, will be shown in the Guildhall of St George.

Organised by the King's Lynn Community Cinema Club (KLCCC) and Lynn charity the Purfleet Trust, money raised from the film show will go towards helping the homeless and vulnerable in King's Lynn and West Norfolk.

Taking place on Friday, March 16, a drinks reception with canapes will be held at the adjoining Shakespeare Barn in the Arts Centre from 6pm. Food will be prepared by Francis Bone, owner of Lynn's The Gravy Boat, and clients of the trust who have completed their catering training programme.

This will be followed by a short film at 7.30pm showcasing the work of the Purfleet Trust, produced by filmmaker and KLCCC committee member Martins Strals. The main feature of I, Daniel Blake will begin shortly thereafter.

The Purfleet Trust, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The Purfleet Trust, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt


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A KLCCC spokesman said: 'The film was never shown in King's Lynn and so KLCCC has organised this special performance to give people an opportunity see a work of this quality while at the same time raising funds for the Purfleet Trust.'

Use of the Guildhall has been given at no charge courtesy of West Norfolk council, and King's Lynn Festival granted use of the Shakespeare Barn.

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Described as a 'quietly fearsome piece of drama', the film follows Daniel Blake, a 59-year-old widower with serious heart problems. Despite being eligible for employment and support allowance, he has to wrestle with the toils of the welfare system and the difficulties of a manual worker who has to combat the digital age.

Film director Ken Loach has donated a copy of the DVD to be raffled at the event.

Joining the film show will be West Norfolk mayor Carol Bower, who has chosen the Purfleet trust as one of her chosen charities of the year.

Tickets for the combined reception and film are £10 and available from the Corn Exchange box office. Seats for the film alone will be available for a donation of £5 on the door and also from the box office.

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