Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle
For some people, a housing crisis means not getting planning permission for a loft conversion. For others it means, quite simply, losing their home. Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle is a feature documentary directed by Paul Sng (Sleaford Mods – Invisible Britain) and narrated by Maxine Peake, exploring the catastrophic failures that have led to a chronic shortage of social housing in the UK.
These failures include government policy that prevents local councils and housing associations from building homes for the 1.4 million people on council housing waiting lists and the quarter of a million homeless people in Britain. Or the deliberate neglect of council estates by local authorities that’s used to justify ‘regeneration’ projects with private developers, which often force those who cannot afford homes in the new properties to relocate to other parts of the country, far from their families and support networks.
With unprecedented access to residents, politicians and experts in the housing industry and media, Dispossession is the story of people fighting for their communities, of people who know the difference between a house and a home, and who believe that housing is a human right, not an expensive luxury.
On the 16th August Yellow Wednesdays will be showing this incredible documentary alongside a discussion with Andy Reeve of Demo Dev and others (names to be confirmed).
Running time: 1 hr 22mins
Director: Paul Sng
“Perhaps the most important British film since I, Daniel Blake” – The Big Issue
“The housing crisis is one of our nations biggest scandals and this film shows us it’s deliberate. A must see independent film” – Michael Sheen
Doors open at 6.30pm and the film starts at 7pm.
Book your tickets now via eventbrite.
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