Under the auspices of the British Ellin Institute a selection of films produced by the Manchester Film Society during the past twenty-five years was shown last week to a special audience at the theatre of the Western Electric Company at Bush House, London.
Miracles Will Happen, a full-size sound lilm lasting twenty minutes, was the
principal film. It depicts the work of the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, and has been produced as a propaganda film in connection with the hospital centenary. Doctors and staff collaborated in making it.
The director was Mr. R. G. W. 011erenshaw, a young Manchester medical student, who was also responsible for another film; Pes Carus, which depicts his father, Mr. 011erenshaw, a Manchester surgeon, operating on a deformed foot. This film, which is in colour, is claimed to be the first surgical film in colour to be made in England. Another film shown was Sewage, one of a series portraying the public works services of Manchester.
The performance was introduced by Dr. James Fenton, chairman of the Royal Sanitary Institute, who expressed the opinion that such amateurs as the Manchester society could be of great service in fostering the more extensive use of films for public health propaganda purposes. The Manchester Film Society is the first body of provincial amateur film-makers ever given a show to itself in London.