Health in War (1940)

This information film offers revealing insights into the re-structuring of health services in London and elsewhere in Britain following the outbreak of WWII.

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Film details

  • Director

    Pat Jackson

  • Country

    United Kingdom

  • Year

    1940

  • Genres

    Documentary War Government sponsored film

  • Type

    Film

  • Category

    Non Fiction

Introduction

Commissioned jointly by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Information, Health in War is one of the last films to be produced by the General Post Office Film Unit before it was renamed the Crown Film Unit and transferred to the Films Division of the MOI.

The film is broadly divided into three parts. The opening sequence looks at the advances made so far in the battle against sickness and disease, brought about through slum clearance, preventative and curative medicine and research.  The middle section describes the re-organisation of existing services in preparation for air raid casualties, with the redeployment of city centre hospitals for emergency services and first aid, and the movement of convalescent, maternity and evacuation hospitals further out into the country. The final section uses pictures of happy, healthy children running free in the English countryside to remind cinema audiences of what Britain is fighting for.

Director Pat Jackson worked as an assistant on the classic GPO documentary Night Mail, and later helped to develop the ‘story documentary’, as exemplified by his classic 1944 feature Western Approaches.

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