For some people, a housing crisis means not getting planning permission for a loft conversion. For others it means, quite simply, losing their home. Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle is a feature documentary directed by Paul Sng (Sleaford Mods – Invisible Britain) and narrated by Maxine Peake, exploring the catastrophic failures that have led to a chronic shortage of social housing in the UK.

These failures include government policy that prevents local councils and housing associations from building homes for the 1.4 million people on council housing waiting lists and the quarter of a million homeless people in Britain. Or the deliberate neglect of council estates by local authorities that’s used to justify ‘regeneration’ projects with private developers, which often force those who cannot afford homes in the new properties to relocate to other parts of the country, far from their families and support networks.

With unprecedented access to residents, politicians and experts in the housing industry and media, Dispossession is the story of people fighting for their communities, of people who know the difference between a house and a home, and who believe that housing is a human right, not an expensive luxury.

DocDays screening: On Sunday 3 December 3.45pm we will be screening Disposession at Curzon Oxford, followed by a panel discussion featuring:

  • Paul Sng (director)
  • Mia Bays (Birds Eye View)
  • Danny Dorling (Social Geographer, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography of the School of Geography and the Environment of the University of Oxford)

DocDays screening: On Thursday 14 December 6.30pm we will be screening Disposession at Curzon Chelsea, followed by a panel discussion featuring:

  • Paul Sng (director)
  • Anna Minton (journalist and author of Big Capital)
  • Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP (Leader of the Labour Party)

With thanks to Velvet Joy Productions.


Paul Sng


Nicola Sturgeon, Caroline Lucas, Rushanara Ali, Danny Dorling

Running Time:

82 minutes


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