Bristol is a great city, a city we can rightly be proud of. But it has some big challenges, one of which is housing. The number of people sleeping on Bristol’s streets has risen sharply in recent years, and thousands of young people are now sofa surfing because they can’t find an affordable home of their own. We commissioned and created this film, in partnership with the homeless pressure group No Fixed Abode, to try and highlight these issues in the run-up to the 2016 Bristol Mayoral Election.
Our creative team was keen to make a moving film that highlighted Bristol housing problem by exploring individual stories of people right at the centre of the crisis. We felt this was the most effective way of engaging with audiences. Our film crews spent a number of days and nights on the streets with the various contributors, exploring their complex lives. The heartbreak, venerability and tragic nature of the stories we captured created a powerful and moving piece of content that viewers simply could not ignore.
We worked with No Fixed Abode to screen the film at the start of a live pre-election mayoral debate on housing. Many of the candidates commented on how shocking it was to see a problem that they were aware of come to life on film in such a meaningful way. The debate and subsequent news coverage succeeded in putting Bristol’s housing crisis right at the forefront of the mayoral election campaign, with leading candidates pressed to specifically outline how they would deal with the crisis.