GROUNDSWELL 2014-2020: The Battle For The NHS And Democracy (84min)





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Published on Mar 27, 2020

Filmmaker John Furse spent 5 years following the battle by ordinary people from across the social and political spectrum to save Britain's National Health Service (NHS) from covert takeover by global free-marketeers who have dominated society for over 30 years. It's a roller-coaster David and Goliath story.

His insider's revelatory film of an emerging grassroots movement covers the impact on it of the Labour Party’s internal conflicts, the first-ever strike by NHS doctors, the shocks of the Brexit referendum and Trump's election as US President, Jeremy Corbyn's rise from little known MP to leader of the Labour Party and his fall in the 2019 General Election, and a powerful contribution from world-famous physicist Professor Stephen Hawking.

"An urgent, compelling film that needs to be seen widely" (The Independent, July 6th 2018).
“Fantastic and very moving.” (John McCarthy, broadcaster & author)
“Evokes a deeply felt sense of loss for one of the great humanitarian achievements of the past century.” (Dr Austin Connor GP, North Devon)
"It is rare to see a film that explores complex issues and attitudes with such clarity. Extraordinary…moving and humbling” (Archie Tait, ex-ICA Cinema Director)
“Goes a long way to explain the Corbyn phenomenon” (Lord David Owen, ex-Labour Minister Of Health)
“A very important and very inspiring film.” (Roger Graef, TV producer)
“Shocking and eye opening. Watch and worry a lot.” (Jerome Burne, Daily Mail/FT journalist, ex-TimeOut Editor)
“It had a massive impact here on the Isle Of Wight!” (Christine Lightbody, Newport, Isle of Wight)
"A powerful and accessible film that should be distributed widely.” (Mark Kidel, arts documentary filmmaker and journalist)
“A compelling and surprising film about the secret assaults on a core British institution the NHS.” (Peter York, author & broadcaster)
“Remarkable…invaluable.” (Stephen Ridley, Uckfield, East Sussex)
“Great…very stimulating.” (Margaret Matheson, film producer)


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