TV Time Machine: On the Manor (6th January 2023, 6pm)

14th November 2022

Join YFA and Sheffield Showroom Cinema for a special screening to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Yorkshire Television documentary series 'On the Manor', filmed on Sheffield's Manor estate.  YFA's Director, Brent Woods, will present highlights from the programme as part of our 'TV Time Machine' series of events.

Filmed over six months in 1987 against a backdrop of industrial closures, high unemployment, and a looming general election, On the Manor is a documentary snapshot of a community in flux. At the time, Manor was the site of the country’s largest council house rebuilding scheme. Over 1,600 homes would be demolished, but only 500 new ones built, fragmenting and dispersing the community to new homes across the city.

As bulldozers eat their way through chimneys and walls, director Peter Gordon provides us with a portrait of some remaining residents, creating a record of Manor as it really was. On the Manor is a programme about strength and resilience and a community fighting to survive despite the broken promises of planners and policy.

This screening is supported by Film Hub North with National Lottery funding on behalf of the BFI Film Audience Network.