Every eight hours
digital file Black & White Sound 1960 33:38
Summary: Narrated by Richard Dimbleby, this touching and informative film traces the history and work of the National Spastics Society. The film takes its title from the fact that at the time the film was made, every eight hours a child with cerebral palsy was being born in Britain. After Dimbleby presents a brief history, various educational establishments run by the Spastic Society are seen: assessment centre Hawkstone Hall, Wilfred Pickles School, Thomas Delarue grammar school, Sherards, a training centre, and Daresbury Hall, a home for severely disabled people. Then medical experts and staff from the Spastics Society discuss plans for the future. 6 segments.
Title number: 18279
LSA ID: LSA/21436
Description: Segment 1 Over shots of busy London streets, narrator Richard Dimbleby discusses everything that is needed to keep such a busy city going. He compares this to a human brain but says that in fact, the brain is far more complex than a large city. In a dramatisation, London's central telephone exchange is bombed. A wreckage is seen and quiet, empty streets. He says that the body depends on communication as does London. A young boy with cerebral palsy is seen. Illustrations show the areas of brain that are affected in spastic, athetoid and ataxic types of cerebral palsy. A newborn baby is seen and Dimbleby says that every eight hours a child with cerebral palsy is born. Opening credits. A map of England is seen and the narrator says that there are 40,000 people with cerebral palsy living in England at the moment. Dimbleby is seen in a studio he begins a brief history of treatment of people with cerebral palsy in Britain, beginning in 1943 when the first spastic centre was started by a physiotherapist. He discusses other milestones, including the beginning of the National Spastics Society in 1951. Time start: 00:00:00:00 Time end: 00:05:49:10 Length: 00:05:49:10 Segment 2 Dimbleby discusses the Spastics Society's publicity and money-raising drives. The society aimed to raise -
Credits: Narrator: Richard Dimbleby; Camerman: Gerry Moss; assistant director: Michael Pidcock; production assistant: Tony Brown; script: Phil Wrestler; sound: Ken Cameron; commentary written by: James Cameron; producer: Margaret K. Johns; director: Phil Wrestler
Further information: This film was donated to Wellcome Trust by Scope.
Keywords: Cerebral Palsy; Disabled Persons; Disabled Children; Physical Therapy Modalities; Residential Facilities
Locations: United Kingdom; England; Shrewsbury; Hawkstone Hall; Stamford; Wilfred Pickles School; Tonbridge; Thomas Delarue grammar school; Melton Mowbray, Sherards; Warrington; Daresbury Hall