Halliday Sutherland

"A born writer, especially a born story-teller. Dr. Sutherland, who is distinguished in medicine, is an amateur in the sense that he only writes when he has nothing better to do. But when he does, it could hardly be done better." G.K. Chesterton.

Britain’s 1st Public Health Cinema Film

The Story of John MNeil

Dr Halliday Sutherland produced Britain’s first public health cinema film.

The film, The Story of John M’Neil, is available through the good works of the British Film Institute. You can view the film (free of charge) by clicking here.

The BFI’s website describes the film as follows:

This dramatised account of the experiences of a Scottish family devastated by tuberculosis is believed to be the first British health education film. Ill-ventilated slum tenements, such as the one shown here (the “Tuberculosis Nest”) were breeding grounds for the deadly disease. The film offers practical guidance as well as a message of hope and was widely shown across Britain, usually accompanied by a lecture.

The filmmaker, Halliday Gibson Sutherland, was a British doctor and author. He researched and wrote widely about tuberculosis and in the year he made this film he founded a tuberculosis clinic and an open-air school for children – like the one featured in this film – in the bandstand of Regent’s Park in London.

4 comments on “Britain’s 1st Public Health Cinema Film

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  3. W. Peter Gadsby
    15 October 2020

    Regrettably, the film cannot be viewed from here in Australia. We get this message:

    Location not authorised

    BFI Player films cannot be played outside of the UK

    Please quote this ID when contacting support

    Error code: CLIENT_GEO

    • markhsutherland
      15 October 2020

      One way around this is to use a VPN (Virtual Personal Network) and select the “UK” option. This gives the appearance to a UK website that the request to see the film is coming from the UK (and not from Australia), so it plays. On an “all care no responsibility” basis, I use Express VPN. See: https://www.expressvpn.com/ for more information.

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This entry was posted on 24 April 2018 by in Consumption, Films, Open-Air School, Scotland, Tuberculosis.

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