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Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle (2017)

For some people, a housing crisis means not getting planning permission for a loft conversion. For others it means, quite simply, losing their home. Dispossession: The Great Social Housing ... See full summary »


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For some people, a housing crisis means not getting planning permission for a loft conversion. For others it means, quite simply, losing their home. Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle is a feature documentary directed by Paul Sng (Sleaford Mods - Invisible Britain) and narrated by Maxine Peake, exploring the catastrophic failures that have led to a chronic shortage of social housing in Britain. The film focuses on the neglect, demolition and regeneration of council estates across the UK and investigates how the state works with the private sector to demolish council estates to build on the land they stand on, making properties that are unaffordable to the majority of people. Dispossession is the story of people fighting for their communities, of people who know the difference between a house and a home, and who believe that housing is a human right, not an expensive luxury.

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8 June 2017 (UK) See more »


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£60,000 (estimated)
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This film came out 6 days before the Grenfell Tower fire. This film can be a memorial to those who died. It was shown at The Gate Cinema in Notting Hill soon after for victims of Grenfell Tower. See more »

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Urgent and Incendiary Documentary exposing London's war on Social Housing
16 July 2017 | by ted landrumSee all my reviews

"Dispossession" delves into the escalating attack on social housing estates, and social housing tenants, in London. The phenomenon is global, but the film goes directly to those affected and those who are attempting to fight back against aggressive (big-money, low-ethics) interests driving predatory development. The film is very timely, having come out within weeks of the Grenfell Tower fire, and in the midst of ongoing UK election.

Anyone interested in housing as a civil right, and a human right, must see this film. Interviews with tenants, community organizers, architects, urbanist, scholars and involved politicians, provide a wide range of genuinely informed testimony.

Ted Landrum co-curator, Architecture + Design Film Festival Winnipeg

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