Virgin Money Giving Mind Media Awards 2017
Film sponsored by ODEON winner
I, Daniel Blake - Directed by Ken Loach
Carpenter Daniel Blake, played by Dave Johns, is recovering from a heart attack and befriends a single mother and her two children as they navigate their way through the benefits system. With equal amounts of humour, warmth and despair, Ken Loach's film is a journey that is heartfelt and emotional until the end.
Mind and the award judges would like to give special thanks to the other entrants:
Trolls - Directed by Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn
The animated film is the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. It's a film about friendship, selfconfidence and the meaning of happiness.
The Girl on the Train - Directed by Tate Taylor
The Girl on the Train, based on the best-selling book by Paula Hawkins, is the story of Rachel Watson's life post-divorce. Rachel, played by Emily Blunt, deals with depression and alcoholism and how they can be inextricably linked.
Manchester by the Sea - Directed by Kenneth Lonergan
Lee Chandler, played by Casey Affleck in an Oscar-winning performance, is working as a handyman for a Boston apartment block. Following the death of his brother, he is suddenly appointed as guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. His return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy.