Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle is a feature documentary about the UK housing crisis directed by Paul Sng (Sleaford Mods – Invisible Britain) and narrated by actor and activist Maxine Peake (The Falling, Silk, Hamlet at the Royal Exchange). Through extensive interviews with residents, politicians and housing experts, the film argues that failures of Government policy in housing has lead to a chronic shortage of social and affordable housing. Councils and housing associations are prevented from building new homes while local authorities neglect council estates to justify ‘regeneration’ projects with private developers.

Dispossession is the story of people fighting for their communities who believe that housing is a human right, not a luxury.

Since completion of the film the extent of the housing crisis in London has been thrown into sharp relief by the Grenfell Tower tragedy and the ensuing investigation into the widespread use of flammable cladding on tower blocks across the UK. This DocDays screening of Dispossession is followed by a panel discussion, hosted by Birds Eye View, which will look at the themes of the film in light of ongoing developments in the housing crisis, including the myriad questions raised by the Grenfell fire.

The panelists include:

  • Paul Sng (Director)
  • Dr Lisa McKenzie (activist, academic and author of Getting By)
  • Mickey O'Brien (La Roux; Soundtrack composer)
  • Poppy Noor (The Guardian)
  • Pam Douglas (Save Cressingham Gardens)
  • Host: Mia Bays (Birds Eye View)

Birds Eye View advocates and elevates the female perspective in film - through 'action!' not just words. All welcome.

With thanks to Velvet Joy Productions.

Bird's Eye View

25% of the box office for this event will go to the Grenfell Tower Fire Fund ( which is working directly with those people affected by the tragedy.

Director(s): Paul Sng
Length: 82 min
Cast: Nicola Sturgeon, Caroline Lucas, Rushanara Ali, Danny Dorling