Homelessness is a massive problem in the UK currently, with the number of people sleeping rough having increased by over 100% in just the last 5 years. Pastles Productions is undertaking a massive project this year, collecting interviews from rough sleepers, council members and charity workers from around the UK to create a feature film raising awareness of homelessness.
Earlier this year, I ventured out onto the streets of Bristol to make a short documentary about rough sleepers in the UK. In doing so I got stared at, heckled and abused by bystanders however I met some of the most humble, gracious and pleasant people I’ve met in my life. It was a shocking and enjoyable experience at the same time, and I was astonished by the positive response the video got.
As a result of the response I got from the video, in particular people asking to see a longer version, we are now working on a longer film with the intention of further raising awareness of homelessness, the causes of it, what rough sleepers go through on a day-to-day basis, and what we can do to help. The film centres around three characters, looking at the different ways each of them ended up on the streets, and will be a dramatisation of interviews held with homeless people, talking about their lives on the street.
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