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A Matter of Interest
  (1990, 13 minutes)

Third World countries are giving the West more in debt repayment than we give them in aid. Soaring interest rates have resulted in increasing poverty for debtor countries, although their original loans have long been paid.

A MATTER OF INTEREST uses imaginative animation to explore the complex and seemingly distant problem of international debt. It looks at historical and economic factors, including the roles played by the banks, the International Monetary Fund, and the governments of debtor countries. It shows the crippling effect that repayment is having on economies, the environment, ordinary people and their traditional ways of life.

The film explores the parallel stories of Maisy, a woman caught up with rising mortgage rates, and the situation in Brazico, an imaginary South American state. It shows the actions taken by people in the Third World to resist the devastating effects of debt on their lives, and suggests that we in the West can also take action to confront this pressing problem.

Made with financial assistance from Christian Aid

Home and Dry?
(1987, 8 minutes)

Four women discuss their housing situations. None of them would describe themselves as homeless - after all they've never slept out on the street. However, as they listen to each other's stories, they begin to understand that homelessness is something they've all experienced. The film analyses the inadequacies of housing policies and examines the political thinking that lies behind them.

Made with financial assistance from: the GLC for the Board and Lodging Information Programme

Council Matters
(1984, 10 minutes)

Freda the cleaner takes the lid off the Town Hall in this animated film about the services provided by local authorities, and illustrates what life would be like without them. As Freda's vacuum cleaner transforms itself into a 'hoovercopter' and flies over the city, she explains the structure of the local authority and the relationship between voter, council and central government.

Made with financial assistance from: the British Film Institute and Sheffield City Council

Pretend You'll Survive
(1981, 9 minutes)

This film tells the story of one woman and her nuclear nightmares. It points out links between 'peaceful' nuclear energy and the arms race, and exposes the absurdity of civil defence in the face of nuclear weapons.

Made with financial assistance from: Yorkshire Arts Association, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Concord Film Council, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and others

Risky Business
(1980, 15 minutes)

A union safety representative, Carol, is the main character in this animated film which will be of interest to anyone concerned with health and safety at work. Reggie the Robot is Carol's assistant. Programmed with the Health and Safety at Work Regulations, he advises her as best he can, but he doesn't know all the answers. The hazards faced by Carol and her workmates include many common factory and office problems - lifting, noise, chemicals, machinery - and a dust monster which stifles its victims.

Made with financial assistance from: the Arts Council of Great Britain, Yorkshire Arts Association, the Gulbenkian Foundation and the British Safety Council

Who Needs Nurseries? We Do!
(1978, 11 minutes)

This film presents the serious facts about nursery provision in an entertaining and accessible way. The story is told from the perspective of four-year-old Tracy who discovers for herself the benefits of nursery education. Feeling hemmed in by family life, she runs away and goes to a meeting of children presided over by three 'chairbabies'. They discuss their problems arising from a lack of nursery places, and in the end decide to take action.

Made with financial assistance from: the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Regional Arts Council, the John Cohen Trust, the Violet Melchett Children's Trust, and the Manpower Services Commission



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