This film, directed by Ken Loach and produced by Tony Garnett, was originally commissioned by Save the Children and London Weekend Television in the 1960s to mark the Charity’s fiftieth anniversary.
The film was shot in 1969 in the UK, Kenya and Uganda. Already an established filmmaker, Loach opened the film with a quotation from Friedrich Engels, and went on to construct a film that explored the politics of poverty, class and charities and the relationship between them. At that time Save the Children representatives felt the film subverted their aims. They did not agree to a public screening of the work and the film was immediately withdrawn and kept in the BFI’s national archive. L.W.T. wrote off their investment.
Forty years later Save the Children is pleased that the film is to be shown to the public. It depicts a unique slice of British social and cinematic history and highlights how much the charity world and Save the Children have changed.