Films

Films: Surprise attack (1951) and MMR: What parents want to know (2001)

How are the benefits of immunisation communicated to the public? How are fears about the safety of vaccine allayed? Surprise attack (1951) tells the story of a young girl marked for life by a bout of smallpox, while MMR: what parents want to know (2001) attempts to address the controversial and now discredited theory that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine caused […]

Film – Research in the Rhondda (1969)

What is it like to be a research subject in an epidemiological survey? How do epidemiologists keep participants engaged in longitudinal research and avoid loss-to-follow-up? This film explores some of the human stories behind epidemiological research, using Archie Cochrane’s famous survey of pneumoconiosis in the Welsh mining valleys of Rhondda as its topic. Dr Daisy […]

Film: The Centre (1948)

How was health and wellbeing promoted before the NHS, and what implications might it have for today? This film from 1948, made by noted documentarist Paul Rotha, will explore some of these issues. The ‘Peckham Experiment’ in South East London ran from 1930 to 1950, aiming to create ‘positive heath’ in the community, not just the absence of illness. […]

New CHiPH Film Showing: “I go when I go, don’t I?”: health promotion on film in the long 1980s

The late 1970s and 1980s were a key period for health promotion in Britain. Public mass-media campaigns on major health challenges such as heart disease, as well as the burgeoning AIDS crisis, meant that health promotion had never been more visible. Messages focused on individual behaviour, and particularly highlighted the links between cigarettes, alcohol, sedentary […]

Smoking

A selection of public health films on smoking: ‘Dying for a smoke’ (1967) Cartoon on smoking and health. A villain called ‘Old Nick O’Teen’ lures children, such as 14 year old Sam into the cigarette habit. But visions of the future, and advice from a doctor convince Sam to give up smoking. ‘Smoking Machine’ (1964) […]

Narcotic Farm

The Narcotic Farm is an hour-long historical documentary that premiered on public television in 2008. Narrated and scored by former inmate Wayne Kramer of the radical 60s rock band the MC5, the film tells the story of this American institution through the voices of the former addicts who spent years locked within its walls. Astonishing, […]

A way of life: A selection of films on obesity

Cruel kindness (1968) (13 mins) A female GP narrates the story of three children who are overweight for their age stressing that although there may be some inherited causes of their obesity, it is mostly due to over-feeding on the part of the parents, what the GP calls a cruel kindness. A way of life […]

Food hygiene, health and the public

This film session takes a look at food hygiene, health and the public. Our first film was made to raise awareness of the problem of food-borne illness, which rose sharply in wartime and was a matter of concern for the immediate postwar government. The second film, from 1989, is a report on the risks posed […]

The Joy of Sex Education

A selection of films from the DVD the Joy of Sex Education highlighting over 60 years of sex education films The people at no. 19 (17 mins) 1949 A post war educational film about STDs aimed at the home front and in particular, towards women. Growing Girls (1949) (12 mins) Mary learns how to survive […]

Public Health in Fiction – Star Trek and Vaccination

Representations of public health in fiction often reflect wider cultural attitudes. This seems like a perfect excuse to watch an episode of Star Trek at lunch time. In this episode of Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Doctor Bashir discovers a planet which has been infected by a deadly disease. Can he develop a cure? Or […]

A selection of short and witty health information films from the 1940s by Richard Massingham

Young and Healthy (1943); Don’t Spread Germs (1948) Another Case of Poisoning (1949); Handkerchief Drill (1949) What a Life (1948) Very funny, and anything but official in feel, this selection of films displays the eccentric, charming and surreal sensibility of Richard Massingham, director, producer and fine comic actor. Massingham was a doctor before he turned […]

‘Smallpox: Merciless Traveller’

A selection of films on smallpox produced prior to eradication. The first film Surprise Attack produced in 1951 the Ministry of Health, shows how a small girl (unvaccinated) is infected with smallpox; recovers, but is marked for life. This story of an outbreak in a country town tells how it was caused and the measures […]

‘Enemy in the night’: Malaria and public health films

A selection of public health films on malaria including, Private Snafu vs malaria Mike (1944) An amusing US army instruction film aimed at military personnel and voiced by Mel Blanc, who also voiced Bugs Bunny, and the Sardinian Project (1949) a film describing the campaign to eradicate malaria from the island of Sardinia. Thursday, 12th […]

The Spanish Flu: the Forgotten Fallen

BBC 4 drama illuminating one doctor’s efforts to protect the population form the 1918 flu epidemic. Set against the background of the Armistice in November 1918 as millions of exhausted soldiers return home from the Great War, the film tells the little-known story of Dr James Niven, Manchester’s medical health officer for thirty years, and […]

The Joy of Sex Education

  A further selection of films from the DVD the Joy of Sex Education. The mystery of marriage (32mins) 1932 Euphemistic devices are deployed to explain the mysteries of marriage and sexual activity. The people at no.19 (17mins) 1949. A post war educational film about STDs aimed at the home front and in particular, towards […]

The Joy of Sex Education

A selection of films from the DVD the Joy of Sex Education ‘Whatsoever A Man Soweth’ (38mins) (1917) One of the very first health education films to be issued in the context of the First World War and the need to prevent as far as possible the well recognised danger of severe STDs in fighting […]

AIDS Britain 1987

  A selection of information films about AIDS from the 1980s AIDS Britain (1987) (23 mins). A film about the various government funded programmes being set up in the UK to combat the spread of HIV and AIDS in 1987. The initiatives include counselling, specialist hospital wards, a public education strategy, charity work and a […]

Alice: A Fight for Life (1982)

Tuesday 20 May 2014, 17.30–19.15, John Snow A, Keppel Street (TV, colour, 90 mins). The Centre for History in Public Health is delighted to announce a rare public screening of an influential television documentary that helped ignite the public and political debate about the use of asbestos in Britain. Entitled ‘Alice: A Fight for Life’, […]

Communicating Health, Communicating Disease

Tuesday 25 March 2014, 5:30-7:30pm. Manson Lecture Theatre, LSHTM Keppel Street, London This film screening and discussion explores the changing ways in which ideas about infectious disease have been communicated to us over the past 50 years. Beginning with a film about infection and hygiene in hospitals in 1963 and ending with a film about […]

DDT Versus Malaria

Documentary on the impact of malaria on the Kipsigis people of Kenya, and the 1940s campaign to eradicate the disease using DDT. Tuesday, 4th March 2014. 12.45 pm – 2.00 pm. Venue: Manson Lecture Theatre, Keppel Street Building

Entebbe Encounter

Historical reconstruction of the Royal Society’s 1902 investigation into epidemic sleeping sickness in Uganda, and the discovery of the causal; trypanosome. Tuesday, 11th February 2014. 12.45 pm – 2.00 pm. Venue: Manson Lecture Theatre, Keppel Street Building

The Sleep of Death

Historical dramatisation of people and events around the discovery of the cause of sleeping sickness, including the School’s founder, Patrick Manson. Tuesday, 4th February 2014. 12.45 pm – 2.00 pm. Venue: Manson Lecture Theatre, Keppel Street Building

A Selection of Public Health Films On Smoking

‘Dying for a smoke’ (1967) (9.46 mins)    Smoking machine (1964) (15 mins) Smoking and you (1963) (10.43) Friday 18th October  2013  Venue:  Manson Lecture Theatre, Keppel Street Building 12.45 pm –1.45 pm

A Selection of Public Health Films on Obesity

  Cruel kindness (1968) (13 mins) A female GP narrates the story of three children who are overweight for their age stressing that although there may be some inherited causes of their obesity, it is mostly due to over-feeding on the part of the parents, what the GP calls a cruel kindness. A way of […]

The Narcotic Farm

  Narrated and scored by former inmate Wayne Kramer, the film tells the story of this long forgotten American institution through the voices of the former addicts who spent years of their lives locked within its walls. The film also features candid interviews with former government doctors at ‘Narco’ who reflect on both the challenges […]