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An innovative drama-doc, one of the first to deal seriously with clinical depression
Housewife Molly enters psychiatric treatment after attempting suicide. We follow her progress and family relationships in this important government film, one of the first seriously to cover clinical depression. Intended as both NHS training aid and public awareness-raiser, its purpose is to switch on a lightbulb above viewers' heads. Molly is ill, not 'mad', and regains control of her life with sensitive support.
Its mix of true and false notes is what makes the film's efforts to destigmatise so fascinating. In the script, insightful intentions vie with snatches of caricature and sexism; in the production, over-stylised sensationalism risks overwhelming sensitive moments. The Crown Film Unit was famed for morale-raising wartime work, often taking what was termed 'story-documentary' form. Its postwar output is more neglected but takes interesting steps into a changing world. This film was evidently felt to be a job for professional actors, headed by Rank Charm School graduate Jane Hylton. Director Philip Leacock made another Crown/NHS medical drama, Life in their Hands, before beginning a feature film career that took him to Hollywood.
Documentary 1959 16 mins Location: London
A beautiful and evocative survey of cycling's golden years.
Public Information Filler 1974 1 mins
Typically hard-hitting public information film about the threat posed by combining a rug and a freshly polished floor.
Public Information Filler 1949 1 mins
Another of Richard Massingham’s snappy public information fillers finds the oafish everyman’s personal hygiene in question again.
Government sponsored film 1952 27 mins Location: Wadhurst
Never a dull moment for a rural district nurse in the early days of the NHS.
Public Information Filler 1969 1 mins
New law targets discrimination in housing and employment in this eye-opening public information film.
Documentary 1964 16 mins
Documentary warning children about the drawbacks of cigarettes – not least their addictiveness.
Action and Adventure 1923 28 mins Silent Location: Tilbury
Plotting world domination, Devil Doctor Fu-Manchu steals plans for a new aero-torpedo in this earliest surviving thrill-a-minute serial instalment.
Inside Film 2024 16 mins
Filmmakers Jane Giles and Ali Catterall discuss their documentary Scala!!!, revisiting the legendary and inspirational cinema venue and some of the most notorious films that screened there.
Drama 2023 2 mins
A group of young Black boys run into a building. One of them is about to do the unimaginable.
Romance 2023 2 mins
A queercore romance - a visceral and immersive exploration of the power of the mosh pit and finding love in the most unlikely of places.
Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.