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Posted by The Great NHS Heist on Friday, June 29, 2018

“I’m Dr Bob Gill, a family doctor and NHS campaigner based in South East London.

“Over the last few years I have become aware of creeping privatisation in our National Health Service. There has been a concerted effort by consecutive governments to convert our NHS to a profit driven private health insurance system.

“In 2014 I co-produced a film, ‘Sell Off – The Abolition of your NHS’ which explained the dismantling of our health service. It has been shown at screenings around the country and been well received by audiences, judging by the feedback at over 50 such events I have attended in the last 18 months for Question and Answer sessions.

“I’ve had many requests to make another film. Our new project “THE GREAT NHS HEIST” will make clear what is going on and how the final betrayal will play out unless we act to stop the heist of our NHS.

“We will explore the measures being taken to drive us to an American-style health system and what is in store for us in a for-profit system.

“Our film can be made, with your support. We won’t have money for stock footage or fancy music but if we can raise enough to get to all our interviewees and cover our equipment costs then we will be able to tell this important story. All the people involved are putting in their time and expertise voluntarily.”

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Jeremy Corbyn and Liverpool have starring roles in new anti-austerity film

From Liverpool Echo: An anti-austerity film in which Liverpool, its people and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn play starring roles is to receive its Merseyside premiere this Friday.

The screening of Austerity Fight by Liverpool based Phil Maxwell and Hazuan Hashim at the Plaza Community Cinema in Waterloo – which is a sell-out – will be followed by a question and answer session and a speech by shadow chancellor John McDonnell.

Phil Maxwell says: “The film features many activists from Liverpool and the anti-austerity campaigns they are involved in. The campaigns to save Liverpool Women’s Hospital and keep guards on Merseyrail trains are covered, as well as a Boot Out Austerity march from Birmingham to Liverpool.

“Jeremy Corbyn talks about the NHS and we are delighted that the shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who is also in the film, is coming to his hometown to speak to the audience after the screening.

“It will be a great night for celebrating Liverpool’s fighting spirit. The film took 18 months to make and we had a budget of £4,700 which was raised mainly through crowd funding and support from unions. The Plaza is a great venue for the film as it collects food for a food bank and the Liverpool and Everton fans’ food bank is in the film.

[Read full article on Liverpool Echo website…]

Austerity Fight – Feature Film

From The People’s Assembly: A brand new feature length documentary film Austerity Fight gets its world premiere in London on June 16th. It’s a film that gives a voice to the majority rather than the rich elite.

Check out the trailer here:

Austerity Fight – trailer from Hazuan Hashim and Phil Maxwell on Vimeo.

The austerity policies of the Tories have targeted young and old. The NHS is chronically under funded and is being privatised. Students are leaving college with huge debts. Children, pensioners and the disabled are living in poverty and millions live precarious lives on ‘zero hour contracts’. Austerity Fight challenges the notion that we have to live in a world where public services are cut, worker’s rights removed and poverty is a daily reality for millions, while championing equality, practical alternatives to Austerity and a vision of a world based on co-operation rather than the greed of a global super elite.

[Read full article on People’s Assembly website…]

I, Daniel Blake: Ken Loach and the scandal of Britain’s benefits system

From The Observer: Daniel Blake, 59, is a skilled craftsman. He has assets, but not the kind that the market rates highly since they have little monetary value: qualities such as integrity, honesty and compassion. In Ken Loach’s new film, I, Daniel Blake, winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes earlier this year, Blake’s attributes carry little weight in a system designed to pitch one human being (the bureaucrat) against another (the citizen temporarily in need of state support) at a time of “necessary” austerity.

In a meticulously researched script written by Paul Laverty, Loach’s collaborator for 20 years, Blake, a widower, has had a serious heart attack. What follows are his struggles with the benefits system and his growing friendship with a single parent, Katie, and her two children. After two years in a London hostel, Katie has been moved 300 miles to Newcastle because, allegedly, there is no housing in the capital – a city with 10,000 empty homes.

Katie has her benefits frozen, leaving her penniless, while Daniel, a man whose doctor says he is too ill to work, has to spend 35 hours a week applying for jobs he can’t take, on the orders of the jobcentre “work coach”. It is a surreal, dehumanised world in which empathy has little place and no allowance is made for the chaos of everyday life.

[Read full article on Guardian website…]