Invisible People…. Homelessness in Brighton is the short film which I have made. A link to the film can be found under “links” on the right hand side (Invisible People… Homelessness on Brighton). Due to confidentiality reasons the video has set to private, however if you wish to view it, do not hesitate to contact me ,and I will give you the password.(firstname.lastname@example.org).
The film is a short documentary which is primarily focussing on what life is like in Olympus House ( a council assisted hostel, situated in Brighton). I wanted to depict truth, without drama, the film emphasizes contrast between two world which are one so to speak. Brighton is a modern forward thinking city, it is a very popular tourist destination and often considered quite “cool”. However, Brighton is also a city which is fueled by drug addiction, homelessness and uncertainty- not many people see this side of Brighton- but it is there despite being hidden, the problem of homelessness is not going away- its going to get worse.
Olympus House seems to provide a stable environment for many homeless people. The hostel as the documentary suggests is different to many others in the city. Residents seem to feel they are lucky to be placed at Olympus House. What I suppose, I as the film maker wanted to achieve, is to highlight that homelessness in Brighton is a huge issue which of course does need to be addressed. We need to open our eyes to what is really going on in cities, Brighton is by no means alone in high drug use and addiction problems. The film is trying to demonstrate life, it is a short film depicting life for residents at Olympus House. I did not want glamorize either world, merely document it.
Any feedback would of course be welcome.