A reconstruction of a Chinese refugee shanty town in a London church raises awareness of the problem.
St. Martins in the Fields, Central London.
M/S of a deserted street in what appears to be Hong Kong. Low angle shot of washing on a line hanging above the street. Tilt down to a sign written in Chinese. M/S of another deserted street, in the foreground is a street sign. C/U of the street sign which reads - 'Tien-Tong St. (Paradise Street)'. M/S of a group of British tourists wandering up one of the deserted streets, they are lead by a vicar. M/S of an archway over the streets, tilt up to show the spire of St. Martins in the Fields - "the buildings are in fact a reconstruction of a section of Hong Kong, built in England and laid out in a courtyard of the church of St. Martins in the Fields". It is part of an exhibition organised by the Inter-Church Aid and Refugee Service to draw attention to the conditions in which one million Chinese refugees live in Hong Kong. Various C/Us of more signs written in Chinese.
L/S of the exhibition set out in front of the church, panning shot to show the busy road next to the church. M/S showing a Chinese girl dressed in traditional costume handing out leaflets to exhibition visitors. M/S of visitors wandering around a reconstructed shanty town. The material used for the reconstruction came from Pinewood Studios. C/U of a shack "constructed according to specifications and photographs using the same bits and pieces used by the refugees: most of it obtained from the Westminster Council rubbish dump". M/S of respectable looking ladies in hats wandering through the shanty town. C/U of a Chinese newspaper used as wallpaper inside the shack, tilt up to a row of postcards in Chinese - all "specially shipped from Hong Kong". M/S of visitors wandering through the shanty town.
M/S of one of the "comparatively picturesque streets". Visitors wander past door steps where, in Hong Kong, "a refugee sleeps every night" - "a tragic situation brought home to us in a dramatically effective way". L/S of the spire of St Martins in the Fields seen through the fountains of Trafalgar Square.