Homeless Australia is a raw, honest and, inspirational film that will follow the journey of four individuals from when they were homeless to when they turned their lives around.
It will allow audiences to hear their true story and understand why and how they ended up on the streets and how they have managed to survive and thrive against all odds and overcome their homeless situation. By doing so we hope to change the misconceptions that plague them by letting the public listen first hand to what homeless people have to say and show that it is possible to turn your life around, no matter how bad your situation truly is.
Homeless Australia will try to make people support the homeless and come together as a community by shocking them out of their complacency as we witness what life on the streets is really about.
Following our individuals in their everyday lives and also through interviews with charities, social leaders, real estate owners and agencies, and other organisations we will witness people support the homeless and come together as a community.
We follow homeless people of all ages, races and faiths through the streets of Sydney, catching a true insight into their world. By showing audiences what they go through every single day of their lives, for years, from childhood to adulthood, we might stand a chance of changing societies' views, and find help for these lost souls.
We will tackle the issues such as lack of affordable housing, and the way housing departments constantly knock back the homeless and create extra hoops for them to jump through. The misconception that homeless people are lazy, drug addicts that do not deserve our support, which leads to social alienation is one of the biggest problems plaguing the homeless.
We will reshape the national conversation by highlighting the incredible support that private organisations and individuals have to offer. The impact that homelessness has on the community and what we together can do to help.
Quoting Rev. Graham Long (CEO Wayside Chapel) ‘We need to ditch myths like level playing fields, and everybody has the same chance, because it isn’t true. If your first memory is of your father blowing his head off, your start in life is not going to be the same.’
Homeless Australia will follow the journey of homeless people with the goal of not only finding them a home but a place in society.
How does the project meet the aims of a philanthropic foundation?
Homeless Australia is the perfect philanthropic project to support as it will change the way the homeless are viewed and will shed a new light on the issue of homelessness.
Also, any profits the film may accrue will be donated to charities that help with the homeless.
Our ultimate goal is to raise awareness of this ever increasing issue and open a line of dialogue between those who need help and everyone else who is able to help.
The individuals in our film are in desperate need of a home but more importantly an emotional connection and to be seen as people. Our film will help achieve this by letting audiences connect and see the homeless as members of society capable of turning their lives around.
What outcomes do you hope to achieve by making this film and how will you measure its impact?
Aims & Objectives
- We aim to make people feel comfortable talking about an otherwise taboo subject.
- We hope the film is an avenue to expose people to the reality of homelessness, as well as to educate by conveying realities unprecedented in film.
- Informing people on how one can help and change lives by coming together with others.
- Uncovering and exposing the generally unknown problems that prevent rough sleepers from ‘moving forward’ toward bettering themselves and their future.
- Help homeless charities and organisations by showcasing them to a larger audience.
- Open a window into the lives of rough sleepers that will help the general public realise that we are all part of same world.
- Start a dialogue between our viewers by showing the precarity of what people consider a ‘normal life’ that is really a balancing act, and how easy it is to fall into the reality of becoming a ‘rough sleeper’.
- Spark curiosity and allow our audience to empathise and relate as human beings.
- Overall, generate more interest in the ever increasing homeless situation
- Show audiences that the homeless are people too and need an emotional connection and encouragement
What is your education and outreach strategy?
- We’ve been working on this project for over 2 years, raising awareness, working with charities, and building relationships within the community.
- We are in discussions with NSW Family and Community Services to have four short versions/vignettes of our film shown on Australian television
- We’ve produced many short versions of our film that have been quite successful, one of them ('Homeless Australia 2014') winning an award at the Screen My Shorts Festival.
- One of the short versions/vignettes of ‘Homeless Australia’, called ‘Forgotten Children’, has been shown in classes and students have written essays on it. It now has over 117,ooo views online.
- We plan to have the film distributed by charities and Big Issue sellers, and have all the profits donated to charities working with the homeless.
- We have a potential distribution deal in Europe, South America and the USA with the distributor Scorpion TV.
- We’ve set up a crowdfunding campaign and raised $1500 and a great deal of interest from the community.
- We’ve talked to dozens of people that are affected by homelessness and live it every day and have their full support.
- We aim to collaborate with Wayside Chapel in order to distribute our film through their shop and screen the film at their venue.
- We’ve seen that it’s possible for homeless individuals to turn their lives around.
- We have a close relationship with three individuals that have in fact managed to turn their lives around and are no longer on the streets and are living productive lives. One of the individuals is a 20 year old young man called Jaike. He was homeless only one year ago, and had been for four years when we met him and his friends. Now living in a flat and focusing on building his career and new life we remain in contact and stay updated on his situation.
- We have a strong group of around 450 people following our Homeless Australia FB page who contact us and offer their support and encouragement. They are really driven to help the homeless community and give assistance in producing this film. Thanks to our supporters one of our short documentaries, ‘Forgotten Children’ has reached 117,000 views online.