‘Groundswell’s unique, long-running documentary saga set among the grassroots of the ‘new’ politics continues with its main protagonists Joanna Adams, Steve Carne, Deborah Harrington and Jo Land and fellow Save Our NHS campaigners facing growing dangers to the NHS from hugely powerful private sector forces. It’s a David And Goliath story.
Darlington working mum Joanna Adams’ involvement began with her sending out a tweet from her living room. It ended up with the campaign group she founded 999 Call For The NHS leading thousands into Trafalgar Square at the culmination of the group’s 300-mile Jarrow to London People’s March For The NHS in September 2014.
Their March was a journey of struggle and hope. But it was also a journey that took political innocents into the darker recesses of British democracy as they were confronted by the machinations of the ‘old’ party politics which they defied.
‘Groundswell’ follows this resolutely non-party, people-powered, internet-savvy group from early 2015 through to the General Election in May 2015 and its aftermath. It reveals grassroots Britons’ anger and disillusionment with the status quo which led to the Labour Party’s historic General Election loss and Jeremy Corbyn’s shock Party Leadership win. The film features Corbyn, Green MP Caroline Lucas and ex-Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham before these remarkable events occurred.
In 2016 ‘Groundswell’ continues with the 999ers journey as they find themselves directly involved with the Corbyn leadership who are fighting off further challenges from ‘old’ New Labour. The film follows the campaigners’ increasingly urgent efforts to alert the public to the threats from drastic new plans to reconstruct the NHS on private sector business lines involving major international corporations.
The 999ers have committed support to a vital new NHS Reinstatement Bill that will restore the NHS as a publicly owned and publicly run service. But will they and fellow campaigners have to resort to more extreme street actions to save the NHS?
2017 sees a crunch looming for the NHS as radical plans to transform it from a fully publicly funded and run service to a US-modelled, largely privatised one approach their realisation. Will the British public rise up against the destruction of this epitome of the Post-War Dream?
‘Groundswell’ covers a tipping point in Britain’s political landscape as the ‘new’ politics confronts the ‘old’ in the wake of the 2008 global banking crisis in what Joanna Adams calls “a fight not just for the NHS but for our Nation’s soul”.
Independently made by a team including some of the leading documentarists of the last 40 years Groundswell is a film series on the pulse of our times and our future.
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COMPILATION: Groundswell: The Grassroots Battle For The NHS (45 mins): A compilation of extracts from the series (below) covering the period August 2014 – August 2017 from the grassroots 999 People’s March For The NHS to the shock July 2017 General Election result and Professor Stephen Hawking’s controversial intervention in August 2017: https://youtu.be/wRyVS-i4zSk
PART 1 (8 mins) Feb 13th 2015 Who Are The Grassroots? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7jxso9W2C4
PART 2 (8 mins) Feb 19th 2015 What Is ‘Astroturfing’? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qWsbxoyq2s
PART 3 (7 mins) Feb 27th 2015 Why Is Privatisation Dangerous? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCId8_UXQjE
PART 4 (10 mins) Mar 5th 2015 The Bill That Can Save The NHS? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXeME9ZyIs4
PART 5 (18 mins) May 20th 2016 New Labour Leader, New Hope? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKQAgX8KBvI
PART 6 (10 mins) July 18th 2016 No Time To Lose? https://youtu.be/s9wPP5QrRho
PART 7 (11 mins) August 5th 2016 Things Fall Apart http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TDIqPxmO1Q
PART 8 (10 mins) October 16th 2016 A Ray Of Hope? www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NOzAXCrdKI
PART 9 (12 mins) October 31st 2016 Spreading The Word http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyLwbWJsRLI
PART 10 (10 mins) December 5th 2016 The Word Is Spreading https://youtu.be/MirypJkG3II
PART 11 (10 mins) March 17th 2017 Time To Refocus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bayUEyS7yyA
PART 12 (10 mins) March 29th 2017 A Big Day https://youtu.be/tRQZott7QOs
PART 13 (8 mins) September 3rd 2017 Turning Points? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CgpREOXXA4
My YouTube Channel contains all the films I’ve done as part of the Groundswell project: https://www.youtube.com/user/JohnFurse1
“This film goes a long way to explain the Corbyn phenomenon.” (Lord David Owen, ex-Labour Party Minister Of Health, 2015))
“I love this unfolding saga.” (Anthony Haden-Guest, writer, 2015))
“This third part is the most dramatic and scary so far!” (Nicholas de Jongh, writer & ex-theatre critic The Guardian and Evening Standard, 2015)
“Well done again! Set me thinking why Labour would be so lined up with Tories over NHS.” (Edmund Hornby, retired businessman, 2016)
“John Furse’s film moved me greatly ,from the verge of tears to righteous anger. The journey of a woman who “just couldn’t take it anymore and the grassroots movement she started to save the NHS.” (Ian Hart, actor, 2016)
“A very important document this – thanks for making.” (Anson Hartford, film producer/director, 2016)
“Your NHS documentary is now set to rival The Odyssey and Spenser’s The Faerie Queen for amazing length, depth and breadth. Jeremy Hunt must just adore you.Well persevered.” (Nicholas de Jongh, writer & ex-theatre critic The Guardian and Evening Standard, 2017)
“Groundswell is a very important documentary film. It marks an important moment in our social history. It demonstrates the power of grassroots organisations to reach out, to debate, and to bring together people from across old, established, traditional political lines. Looking at the film the emotions of the people and the commitment that they are making, despite very busy personal lives, is fantastic and very moving. ” (John McCarthy, broadcaster & author, 2017)
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