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Interview Highlights Vol. #1 | The Cyber Den

Since 2014, The Cyber Den has been interviewing countless iconic figures from the world of gaming. This is a collection of the funniest moments from previous radio interviews, feat. Jon St. John (Duke Nukem), Joe Kucan (Kane – Command & Conquer), David Bateson (47 – Hitman) and Paul Eiding (Colonel Campbell – Metal Gear Solid). […]

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Paul Arnold & Andrew Barnabas Interview (MediEvil Series Composers) | The Cyber Den

While Siren takes a break from its live shows (for now), that leaves us with plenty of time to revisit some of The Cyber Den’s past interviews. Paul Arnold & Andrew Barnabas, AKA Bob & Barn, are the masterminds behind the soundtrack for the beloved hack ‘n’ slash MediEvil series. Back in February they hopped […]

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Aubrey Hodges Interview (Console DOOM & Quake Composer) | The Cyber Den

Aubrey Hodges has composed for well over 250 games in this three decades in the industry, ranging from the Nascar series to the days of Sierra Online games. He’s most famously known for his ambient music and sound design for the console versions of the DOOM & Quake series. Aubrey has a lot of fascinating […]

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David Doak Interview (TimeSplitters, Goldeneye 64 & Perfect Dark) – The Cyber Den

Dr. David Doak has worked on critically-acclaimed Nintendo games like Goldeneye 64 & Perfect Dark. He also co-created the beloved TimeSplitters series as part of Free Radical Design. The good doctor was able to pop on The Cyber Den earlier this year to talk about his fascinating career in game development. Special thanks to Connor […]

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SPOILER Episode 47: I, Daniel Blake (2016, Dir: Ken Loach, Dave Johns, Hayley Squires)

Written by on 26th October 2018

“Wasting my time, employers’ time, your time. And all it does is humiliate me, grind me down. Or is that the point?”

This week, in a very special bumper episode of Spoiler, we’re watching Ken Loach’s 2016 drama ‘I, Daniel Blake’ and the team are all in agreement that it is one of the most important films of its era. With strong opinions coming from all sides, emotions run high as we discuss the benefits system, food banks, homelessness and dignity. Paul asks whether the depiction of job centre employees in ‘I, Daniel Blake’ is fair and Andy, who has been through several periods of unemployment, shares some of his own experiences of the system. Rachael celebrates the film’s refusal to pander to stereotypical expectations regarding the unemployed and everyone doffs their caps to the performances of Hayley Squires and Dave Johns, who make a film that could have seemed relentlessly bleak into something genuinely entertaining. Paul shares some of his much loved IMDB trivia about job centre water-coolers and the whole team share the specific moments in the film where they shed tears, including the already-famous food bank scene.

Elsewhere, Andy takes a look at some other screen depictions of unemployment including ‘Bicycle Thieves’, ‘Drifting Clouds’ and ‘Boys from the Blackstuff’.

This week’s scale: Why Aye, Daniel Blake or Nay Chance, Daniel Blake