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Pat Jackson’s White Corridors
Charles Barr

patiently talks him – and us, if we need to know – through the procedures for getting onto a doctor’s list and obtaining an NHS card. His cluster of comic-relief scenes add up to something very reminiscent of the short films of wartime in which the instructional pill is sugared by humour, for instance those of Richard Massingham – right down to the payoff where he breaks an ankle and

in British cinema of the 1950s
My life in fanzines
Clare Wadd

we’ve been feminist in this scene for years, without anyone really being interested. ‘Where were you, mummy, when they closed down the NHS? Well, honey, I was busy making photo-collages of Kim Gordon and Anita Hill to stick onto lamp-posts … ’ before a comment about ‘REAL politics’ being ‘boing and grown-up’ (ouch). ‘This is aimed as much at us as at you’, we say in a big font down the side for some balance. Sarah Records continued until 1995 when we reached catalogue number 100, threw a big party and called it a day – it was never about running a business and it

in Ripped, torn and cut
Abstract only
Memento Mori (1992)
Neil Sinyard

hospitals: in the scenes with Taylor, one can almost smell the antiseptic, and the shots of regimented rows of NHS pensioners make a cumulatively powerful contrast between their stoical suffering and the floundering fear of their upper-class visitor Lettie. In her review for the Independent on Sunday (26 April 1992), Allison Pearson drew attention to one particular scene in the hospital where Lettie, on her way to see Taylor

in Jack Clayton
Documentary form and audience response to Touching the Void
Thomas Austin

-making decisions or film form. And when presented with a deliberately open question – ‘Do you think the film ran into any ethical or moral dilemmas or problems?’ – most took this to be a reference to Yates’ difficult decision to cut the rope on his partner. These three responses are fairly typical: Q16: Do you think the film ran into any ethical or moral dilemmas or problems? Yes – obviously Simon cutting the rope knowing he was sending Joe to his death. A dilemma but justifiable in the circumstances. (Jane, British, white, female, NHS manager, age 46, no climbing experience

in Watching the world
‘What’s the bleeding time?’
Andrew Roberts

back the welfare state or even to return nationalised industries to private hands’ (Sandbrook 2005 : 59). Sir Lancelot stood for patriarchal guidence as a surgeon who treated National Health Service (NHS) and private patients with the same degree of skill. A further key to the success of Doctor in the House was Justice’s comic timing, especially in his scenes opposite Kenneth More’s insouciant Grimsdyke, and to his presenting the human face of authority in a picture where the joie de vivre is palpable. 4 As a screen father figure, Justice looks at least a

in Idols of the Odeons
Heather Norris Nicholson

NHS’s expansion. 26 The national shortage of blood donors provided another early postwar opportunity for an amateur production that received support from local hospitals, the Red Cross and St John’s Ambulance service. When George Monro, Liverpool’s then regional organiser for the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) approached Ashby Ball in 1951 to discuss making a sponsored 16mm film, Southport

in Amateur film