SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT THE CUTS

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Places:

  • Glasgow

Subjects:

  • Education
  • Employment, industry and industrial relations
  • Media, communication and the creative industries
  • Politics

Genres:

  • Propaganda

Decade:

  • 1970s

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Title: SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT THE CUTS

Reference number: 4426

Date: 1976, September

Director: filmed by Douglas Allen and Alex Graham

Sponsor: [ Glasgow University Student Representative Council]

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 13.53 mins

Description: Campaign film highlighting the effects of the public expenditure cuts on university students, as seen through the eyes of Sammie, a female student at Glasgow University. Using photomontage, graphics, newspaper headlines and animation to convey propaganda and government position, with voiceover political song in the style of Woody Guthrie. Includes coverage of 1975 boycott of refectory over rising food prices.

Made whilst Allen was a postgraduate student at Glasgow University Drama Dept. Glasgow University was the only major university not affiliated to the National Union of Students at this time.

Credits: Thanks to Glasgow University Student Representative Council, GU Student TV, Strathclyde University Audio-Visual Unit, Robbie McGrath, Karen Welch, John Dempster, Iain Ferguson, Henry Maitless

Shotlist: Titles (0.58) Photomontage: Sammie discovers that student housing is rare, that the University encourages students to stay at home (3.20) Sammie finds that the books recommended for her course are not available at the library, photo Adam Smith building (which also houses a library) (4.05) Sammie has a poor and overpriced lunch at the Refectory (Hub), prices have risen three times in one year (4.48) Sam is better off than teachers, nurses etc., animation using photo of Denis Healey (5.32) animated schematic of reasons for curtailing spending, for favouring "productive workers" (7.20) animated schematic showing distribution of taxes, and low business tax(8.10) Animation showing profits made in sale of Valium by Roche, weapons and advertising (9.40) v/o G U Student Representative Council President on action on prices (10.58) Jordanhill college Action Committee spokesman on the occupation of buildings, includes photo with placards "Fight for the Right to Work" (12.09) Trade Union NALGO shop steward on support for the students (13.22) protest rallies and marches (Some photos taken at Strathclyde University Student Union). End credits (13.53)