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 to professional film-making and, with a special but not exclusive interest in health themes, he made several public information films for the British government during and after the Second World War. These five shorts, the longest of which runs to less than fifteen minutes, are worth watching for sheer entertainment and as an introduction to Massingham’s delightful oeuvre, as well as for the insight they offer into 1940s public health concerns.

Thursday, 4th June 2015, 12.45 pm – 2.00 pm. Venue: LG9, Keppel Street Building


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