The Second Freedom - Social Assurance
(Alternative Title: Social Insurance: How the British System Works)



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Still from 'Second Freedom'
'The biography of ‘Mrs. Brown’s Boy Jack’ shows how the British system of Social Assurance affects the lives of working people. His mother receives pre-natal and maternity benefits; the vast machinery of Social Assurance works for him from infancy to old age. He is entitled to numerous benefits, including unemployment insurance and workmen’s compensation.' [1]

Date: 1943
Duration: 16:51

Director: Lister Laurance
Production Company: Verity Films Ltd.
Producer: -
Cinematographer: S.R. "Ray" Elton
Composer: Hubert Clifford
Narration: Freddie Grisewood
Editor: -
Sound Recording: Al Rhind
Story Outline: Cossar Turfery
Unit Manager: William MacQuitty
Conductor: Muir Mathieson
Played by: A Section of the London Symphony Orchestra

Length: 35mm: 1800ft. 16mm: 600ft.

Distributor: M.G.M.

Notes:

The street scenes in this film are located in Harrow, London, and still exist today.

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Still from 'Second Freedom' - Lidell Close




















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Still from 'Second Freedom' - Kenmore Park Middle School



















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Still from 'Second Freedom' - Streatfield Road





















Second Freedom
Certificate: U
Distributors: M.G.M.
Producers: Verity Films
1579ft / 18mins
The working of the British system of Social Insurance. Produced for the British Council.[2]



Second Freedom
Production: Produced by Verity Films.
Description: Direct photography with commentary.
Teaching Notes: Not available.
Distributors: The Film Library, G.B. Equipments, Ltd., Tower House, Woodchester, Nr. Stroud, Glos.
Distributors' Cat. Ref.: C. 3540.
Owner of U.K. Rights: British Council.
Conditions of Supply: Loaned on hire at 7s. 6d. per reel per day plus 2s. per reel for each additional day.
Contents: This film starts with the birth of a boy baby, goes on to his schooldays in a very pleasant school where every attention is paid to the pupils' health and abilities, shows him getting his first job as draughtsman in a very well-equipped firm, and stresses the point that he need not worry either about unemployment or illness, thanks to National Health and Unemployment Insurance. He marries, gets a nice subsidized [sic] house in a housing-estate; and, when his wife's first baby is on the way, she visits an excellent ante-natal and baby-welfare clinic. Together in their garden, the young couple look at the old couple next door, who have nothing to worry about, thanks to the old-age pension scheme.
Appraisal: This film, made for the British Council primarily for distribution overseas, presents, to those who know the facts, too sanguine a picture. By attempting to cover too much ground, it loses continuity; and the script shows too clearly the hand of officialdom, so that as a whole it lacks emotion. It might be of use in youth clubs or upper forms of secondary schools in conjunction with a talk on social services.
BACKGROUND FILMS VIEWING COMMITTEE
16mm. Sd.
600ft
16mins.
2 reels.[3]
  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1942-43
  2. ^ New Short Films Issued between January 21 and February 20 [1945]
    Monthly Film Bulletin of the BFI
  3. ^ 31st July 1945
    Educational Films
    Arts and Crafts
    Monthly Film Bulletin of the BFI