It was pleasing to hear that Ken Loach won a BAFTA this evening for his thoroughly accurate film I, Daniel Blake of which he made the following speech after collecting the award:
Ken Loach condemned the Government’s refugee policy as he accepted the Bafta award for outstanding British film.
The director of I, Daniel Blake, said: “Thank you to the academy for endorsing the truths of what the film says, which hundreds and thousands of people in this country know, the most vulnerable and poorest are treated by the Government with a callous brutality that is disgraceful, a brutality that extends to keeping out refugee children we promised to help and that’s a disgrace too.
“Films can do many things, they can entertain, terrify, they can make us laugh and tell us something about the real world we live in – sorry it’s early for a political speech – and in that real world it’s getting darker and in the struggle that is coming between rich and poor and the wealthy and the privileged and the big corporations and politicians who speak for them.
“The rest of us on the other side – film makers know which side they are on and despite the glitz and glamour of occasions like this, we are with the people.”
However, those in the entertainment industry who listened to every word must not stand by as the harm, suffering and death continues they must take an active role in lobbying the Government in ending this abuse after all these Citizens suffering are the same Citizens who made those in the entertainment industry the celebs they are.
The film depicted the events of just one man and a young lady he sort to help but the film is an accurate documentary film and what you see is actually happening in the real world countless times it is pure brutality of the extreme that has no place in the modern world.
It is high time we brought this to an end.