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Ken Loach launches attack on government in Bafta speech

Ken Loach's film I, Daniel Blake won the outstanding British film award. Credit: PA

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."



Naomie Harris 'so proud' ahead of 'special night' at Baftas

Naomie Harris said she was "so proud" of the acknowledgement film Moonlight is getting.

Arriving at the Baftas, where she is nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the film, she told ITV News it was a "special night"

Speaking about Moonlight, which has four nominations, she said: "Anybody who watches it is moved by it."

Daisy Ridley. Credit: PA
Bryce Dallas Howard and Ron Howard. Credit: PA

Dev Patel says Lion is a 'people's film'

Dev Patel told ITV News that Lion is a "people's film" as he arrived at the Bafta ceremony.

The 26-year-old, who is nominated in the supporting actor category for his role in the film, said: "People are really getting to see it now and it's because of that word of mouth."

Thandie Newton. Credit: AP
Mel Brooks. Credit: PA

Stars begin arriving for Baftas ceremony

Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe. Credit: PA

The stars have begun arriving at the Royal Albert Hall in London for this evening's Bafta ceremony.

British actress Carmen Ejogo. Credit: PA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be joining the stars at the event, where La La Land is nominated in 11 categories, including best film.

Stephen Fry is hosting the ceremony. Credit: PA
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