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Secret Hospital, The (2 Parts)

Synopsis
A two-part investigation into aspects of mental health care in Britain as exemplified by the maximum security Rampton Hospital, known as the ‘big house’ and the nearby rehabilitation unit, Eastdale.
Part 1: The administration of Rampton, in which live 900 patients from all over Britain. Many of these patients are dangerous mentally disturbed criminals, but nearly half have committed no crime at all. Investigates allegations of cruelty to inmates.
Part 2: The problems faced by the residents at Eastdale in coming back into society. For many the distress experienced is more than they can cope with but the sympathy and support of the staff help to counteract the effect of years spent in institutions.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film; Film. 16mm. sd. col. 2 x 50 min.
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of production
1979
Availability
Out of Distribution
Subjects
Social welfare
Keywords
hospitals; mental illness; psychiatric hospitals; secure hospitals

Credits

Producer
John Willis
Contributor
David Aspinall; Frank Pocklington; Graham Barker; John Fairley; John Watts; Michael Deakin

Distribution Formats

Type
Film
Format
16mm

Sections

Title
Rampton: the big house
Synopsis
Part 1: The administration of Rampton, in which live 900 patients from all over Britain. Many of these patients are dangerous mentally disturbed criminals, but nearly half have committed no crime at all. Investigates allegations of cruelty to inmates.

Title
Eastdale: the way out
Synopsis
Part 2: The problems faced by the residents at Eastdale in coming back into society. For many the distress experienced is more than they can cope with but the sympathy and support of the staff help to counteract the effect of years spent in institutions.

Production Company

Name

Yorkshire Television

Notes
YTV material is managed by ITN Source. Their sales department can be contacted on 0207 430 4480.

Distributor

Name

Concord Media

Email
sales@concordmedia.org.uk
Web
http://www.concordmedia.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01473 726 012
Address
Rosehill Centre
22 Hines Road
Ipswich
IP3 9BG
Notes
A long-established, not-for-profit organisation with a large collection DVDs, specialising in the sectors of general and mental health, child care, race relations, war and peace, addictions, the third world, ecology, civil rights, personal relationships, educational issues, and social work training. Concord also handles titles made for the Graves Medical Audio-visual Library. Sale on DVD. Formerly known as Concord Video and Film Council. In 2014 Concord began to offer selected films as Video on Demand, via Vimeo.

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