Poet helps make Depaul Nightstop film | Depaulcharity

Poet helps make Depaul Nightstop film | Depaulcharity

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Poet helps make Depaul Nightstop film

May 28th, 2019

Young people in Cumbria have collaborated with local poet, M Whatley, to create an awareness-raising video for Depaul Nightstop.

No Fixed Address, a new "visual poem" created by teenagers from Barrow-in-Furness, was launched at a public premiere on 23 May 2019 to highlight the problem of hidden homelessness across Cumbria.

The emotive three-minute film uses a variety of media - from green screen live action to stop-motion animation techniques like 2D cell & 3D claymation - to illustrate a spoken word poem written by local
poet Matthew Whatley who goes under the alias M Whatley.

It tells the story of a young man on a zero-hours contract who is forced to live on various friend’s sofas because he lacks the steady income to afford secure accommodation.

A group of 16-to-19-year-olds came together to write, produce and act in the short film as part of a project led by Signal Film and Media working with young people’s homelessness charity Depaul UK.

No Fixed Address hopes to both raise awareness of this "sofa-surfing" hidden issue and provide information to support anyone needing to access the services available.

The young people were inspired to make the film after hearing a talk by Nightstop Cumbria, a Depaul UK service providing emergency accommodation for young people in need, in the homes of volunteer hosts.

Participant Olly said: “Before coming to these workshops I had no experience with film in general - and this course gave me that - getting hands-on with cameras, learning different techniques and why to do stuff.

"Sofa Surfing really is a thing - it’s quite alarming to me - the volume of that situation. But the shoot was really fun - working with good people, replicating film set roles. I like the responsibility of it all and working with different kinds of people. It widens my scope.”

Project Manager Julia Parks said: “Nightstop Cumbria came in to talk to us about hidden homelessness and explained that many young people end up staying with friends or family in unsafe and uncomfortable situations, rather than sleep rough. But although these young people have a roof over their heads, they’re still homeless. They don’t have a safe, permanent place to stay.”

Poet M Whatley said: Highlighting the issue of hidden homelessness is essential; not just locally, but nationally and globally. Working with young people on topics such as hidden homelessness helps to highlight that the problem not only exists but that it's OK to ask for help.

Creatively, the Get Digital team had an endless stream of amazing interpretations and ambitions for the poem that they themselves put into action, filmed, drew or sculpted. They've produced some remarkable visuals for a piece that can now be used to reach a similar audience. Poetry can be seen as a bit of a stuffy or pretentious art form, but if you stay true to your message and are sincere in your pursuit you can connect with anyone.”

Direct Link to view this compelling film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OludoRan-CM

If you would like to embed the film on your own website, please feel free to take any copy from our linked page to use and use the Youtube link. 

Embed code: <iframe width="1280" height="720" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OludoRan-CM" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>


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