"Housing problems" | London, 1935 | Production Arthur Elton, E.H. Anstey, for the B.C.G.A.
Photography John Taylor, Recording York Scarlett |15 minutes, b/n, sound
"Made by Arthur Elton and Edgard Anstey in 1935 for the British Commercial Gas Association. Housing Problems was produced to draw attention to the state housing programmes. According to Erik Barnouw, the author of Documentary. A history of non-fiction film (1993), it was Grierson, one of the more renowned English documentary makers, who convinced the gas company of the importance of making the film: '…the demolition of derelict slums and their replacement by governement-finacing housing - a key demand of the socialist Labour party - would inevitably bring modernization and increased use of gas. Thus the company financed a film of blunt and moving protest"
by L. Ciacci, 'Movies' Column, Planum. The Journal of Urbanism planum.net