Registration Deadline: 2 March
The NHS is seriously ill.
Narrated by award-winning actor, Alison Steadman, and endorsed by film director, Ken Loach, Under the Knife is a 90-minute documentary that tells the story of how Britain’s publicly funded national healthcare system has been systematically dismantled and undermined.
Under the Knife has recently been screened in 50 venues - locations include London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool, and Brighton, the film outlines how, from its stormy birth, through seven decades of turmoil and political warfare, the NHS has withstood almost everything that has confronted it – until now.
“Films, like words, can be weapons. This film is a weapon in our struggle to save the NHS. There should be details of the film in every hospital reception, every GP’s waiting room, every community centre,” said Bafta winning director, Ken Loach.
“After a successful crowdfunding campaign and branch donations from UNITE, UNISON and TUC, we are taking the film into hospitals, universities and to a cinema near you,” said the film’s producer, Pamela Kleinot.
Former journalist, Kleinot, who worked in the NHS for many years as a psychotherapist, witnessed endless re-organisations, cuts and closures added that “I experienced the surveillance, targets for staff and uncertainty that resulted from funding increasingly being cut,”.
It was this that spurred her on to make the film.
Please note: this is a one-off, free screening, and will be followed by an expert panel discussion hosted by Psychologists for Social Change NI and British Psychological Society NI.