Homelessness On Our Doorstep

Dir: Jake Gavin
Cast: Peter Mullan, Keith Allen, Natalie Gavin, Stephen Thompkinson
87mins   2015   UK   15   English    F-Rated

An evening of films and conversations.

Always important, but never more so than at Christmas time, with over 200,000 people sleeping rough, homelessness is an issue that isn't going away, and it's not just an inner city problem, it's nationwide—and it's here on our doorstep—in Lewes.

At Depot, this winter, we want to raise awareness of homelessness and create some dialogue around this controversial and sensitive topic, and see what we can achieve in the way of positive change.

Short film: I Get Up by RAPT.
Feature film: Hector, starring Peter Mullan.
Post-screening discussion, supported by a panel of guests: the artists and collaborative filmmakers of I Get Up - Emma Higham and Roberta Piazza (RAPT), Big Issue Director, Chris Falchi-Stead and Lewes Open Door charity.

The films:

I Get Up
A multi-media performance project involving unhoused clients at First Base Day Centre, RBD Design and Roberta Piazza.

Hector has been living on the motorways for years. His once comfortable family life has been replaced by a never-ending tour of service stations that offer him shelter, anonymity, washing facilities and food.

On his annual pilgrimage to a temporary Christmas shelter in London, Hector decides to reconnect with his long estranged past. As his previous life catches up with him, the story of how he came to be leading a marginal life begins to emerge.

'The spirit of Ken Loach hangs over this surprisingly warm and rewardingly aware tale of homelessness at Christmas' - Mark Kermode, Guardian


Tue 14 December