A Fortunate Man remembered...50 Years On

Griffiths, Jason ORCID: 0000-0002-4827-4508 and Deeks, Roger ORCID: 0000-0003-3012-8913 (2018) A Fortunate Man remembered...50 Years On. [Show/Exhibition]

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Abstract

Adopting a public history approach, this community exhibition, screenings, talks, and participative research explored the book A Fortunate Man. Published in 1967 the book became recommended reading for trainee General medical Practitioners. It explores the relationship between a rural doctor and his patients and is an intense, probing analysis of the doctor – "Dr John Sassal" in particular – but also the role of the GP more widely in society. It's author was painter, critic and Marxist intellectual John Berger, in collaboration with Swiss documentary photographer Jean Mohr. The doctor was based on Berger’s friend and own GP Dr John Eskell and his practice in and around the Forest of Dean village of St Briavels. Widely praised (though not without some criticism) since its publication, in 2015 the book featured at a Royal College of Art conference celebrating Berger’s diverse and prodigious career. As the panel of doctors discussed the book, one aspect was starkly absent: the people and landscape of the Forest of Dean, the setting for the book. In a weekend of events in June 2018 the University of Gloucestershire’s Reading the Forest project, in partnership with Forest of Dean Local History Society and the villagers of St Briavels, addressed this as A Fortunate Man Revisited, 50 Years On examined the book firmly from the perspective of the real community (St Briavels) and Dr Eskell at the centre of it. What did the book say about the village, and wider Forest of Dean, of the 1960’s? How did it describe the people? What picture did it paint of the real-life Dr Eskell? How accurate is Berger’s depiction and analysis? The weekend included exhibition, talks, discussions and guided walks, as well as screening of films: the 1967 feature on the book filmed locally for BBC TV New Release arts programme; a 1972 BFI-funded docu-drama by Jeff perks filmed in Blakeney and Soudley featuring performances by local people; and cine films from the late 1950s of village life made by Dr Eskell himself.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Additional Information: 1972 film screened on 22nd June at the village of Soudley, where much of it was filmed. Introduced by director Jeff Perks. 23rd - 24th June exhibition etc at St Briavels
Uncontrolled Keywords: John Berger Jean Mohr Forest of Dean A Fortunate Man Dr Sassall Dr John Eskell Jeff Perks National Health Service
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR1 Literary history and criticism
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR401 Modern
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR401 Modern > PR471 20th century
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
T Technology > TR Photography
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Media
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Depositing User: Jason Griffiths
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2020 10:28
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2020 08:45
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/7008

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