A film exploring the chronic lack of social housing in the UK comes to Leicester tomorrow, as #DMUlocal teams up with Phoenix Cinema to host a one night screening and Q&A.
Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle looks at council estates across the UK, focusing on how the state works with the private sector to demolish these estates and use the land to build properties that are unaffordable for the majority.
Following the screening, a panel hosted by Tim Morton from SHOUT – The Campaign For Social Housing – will discuss the themes of the film with the audience in an interactive Q&A.
Debbie Tinsley, a Public Engagement Officer at DMU, said: “Social housing is a huge issue facing many people across the UK so it is really important that we have nights like this where we can come together as a city and discuss such an important topic.
“Dispossession is a powerful film that takes a no-nonsense approach to the state of our social housing, and I would challenge anyone not to affected by it.”
Directed by Paul Sng, Dispossession ‘offers a carefully balanced, clear-headed study’ of the years since the Thatcher government established the right-to-buy scheme, and how the UK property market has become ‘skewed and malfunctioned’.
Central to the film’s success is the wide scope the documentary takes in its investigation, going so far as to explore how even in television, social housing is portrayed as a dead end and not a positive resource.
Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle is showing at 7:30pm on Wednesday 18th October at Phoenix Cinema.
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