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Brian’s Story – Homeless, Mental Health & Alcohol Documentary (BBC)

Brian’s Story – BBC Documentary Films 2015 – Homeless, Mental Health, Alcohol, Full Documentaries

Brian’s Story – a profoundly moving documentary film about a Cambridge educated journalist who, after a successful career, found himself struggling with homelessness and depression on the streets of London.

Documentary Notes

  • Brian Davis
  • graduated Cambridge at 21
  • published author 7 years later
  • mid 80’s was one of the best know journalists in advertising
  • aged 54 is now homeless and broke.
  • Has been sleeping rough for 7 months on the streets of London at the start of when the documentary was filmed.
  • A career spanning 30 years, he has wrote for most major national newspapers and was widely regarded as an expert in the advertising and film industries.
  • 1984 aged 39 he was made editor of the advertising journal ‘Campaign’ lasting only a week before walking out.
  • During the documentary, he managed to secure a job doing a written interview with Roman Polansky but has arranged to meet Polansky in Paris. Brian manages to raise money for the trip from an old friend in the industry.
  • Brian suffers from manic depression and seeks treatment sporadically but is dismissive of his illness.
  • Brian never made it to Paris after apparently being robbed of the remainder of his money after going to the pub.
  • Brian tries to raise more money by trading in some of his old books for money.
  • Brian finds an advertising agency to agreed to pay for a week in a bed and breakfast and Brian re-finds his enthusiasm for work and starts writing a number of poems.
  • Shortly after his week in the bed and breakfast, he receives £700 worth of benefits from the DSS. Three days later all his money was either spent or ‘lost’.
  • The following days he was arrested by police for leaving restaurants without paying.
  • A family relative has given Brian a place to live in Liverpool. He travels up there immediately, within a couple of days the house is a tip with beer cans and cigarettes strewn all over the place.
  • After 2 weeks of living in his own house the place is an absolute tip. It is clear that Brian struggles to look after himself.
  • Most of Brians benefit money has been spent on cigarettes and/or alcohol.
  • During the filming of the documentary the fire brigade were called into the house to put out a fire which was started because of unattended candles which Brian had lit prior to going out.
  • Social services had also started to visit Brian in his new home.
  • Another fire was started at Brians house, this time considerable damage was caused to the house.
  • Brian started to attend hospital voluntarily and was diagnosed with hyper-mania, a less intense form of mania. Brian stayed at hospital for 6 weeks whilst undergoing treatment.
  • Following Brians attendance at hospital, he was moved into hostel accommodation to assess whether he would be fit to move into a place on his own. He found it hard to settle there and returned back to hospital. A few days later, out of the blue, Brian left to London where he checked into a hotel and bought a bottle of vodka and a bottle of martini.
  • At some point during the night he got up, walked down a flight of stairs and onto a roof balcony.
  • 2 days later his body was discovered in a courtyard below. Brian had fell to his death.

Boulevard Angles – A journey into the ‘Other side of Tinseltown’

BOULEVARD ANGELS- Documentary. A journey into the 'Other side of Tinseltown'

A 1990 Documentary exploring the lives of the Homeless and runaway Teenagers living On The Streets Of Hollywood California.

Take a trip down the Boulevard of broken Dreams ‘Hollywood Boulevard’ and take a journey into the other side of Tinseltown.

As seen through the eyes of some of the homeless street people and runaway teenagers who head to ‘Glamor Capital’ of the USA. Hollywood California.

Boulevard Angels was the first ever documentary film by Filmmaker/Actor Stephen C Page. Shot on a budget of £500 awarded by Walsall Youth Arts the filmmaker set out to Hollywood with just a VHS video camera and spent time living homeless with some of the young people depicted in the film.

Boulevard Angels was the recipient of the ‘Century 21 Award’ awarded at the 1991 ‘Birmingham International Film Festival’.

Brighton Streets (Homeless Documentary, UK)

Brighton Streets (Homeless Documentary)

Camera work by Mohammed Goortani, A short documentary I did a few years ago on the homeless scene in Brighton. After losing a large chunk of footage we never really finished it. Coming across the final cut project again years later I edited together what was there and thought it’s worth uploading. We owe it to all the homeless people willing to open up and share their thoughts. All the best to you! I hope life treats you better in the future and you are off the streets by now.

Directed, edited and produced by Jamie Seidl-Curtis

co-production: Carver Bacchus, Martha Mills

Documentary Notes

  • People begging for money for drink
  • People will sleep in clean skips only to have a roof over their head to provide shelter.
  • A number of homeless people have been banned from hostels due to fighting.
  • Members of the public will abuse homeless people. Spitting, kicking and verbal abuse is common.
  • A number of homeless people have died in Brighton from being kicked to death.
  • Homeless people are moved on by police throughout the night.
  • It’s hard to get a job when you’re homeless
  • Homeless people stick together and help eachother out
  • Drugs caused people to become homeless
  • Most homeless people appear to drink alcohol

Big City Life – Homeless in New York

Big City Life: Homeless in NY (RT Documentary)

There are around 1,750,000 homeless people in the USA today. According to the 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, nearly 64,000 people, including 22,000 children, are homeless in New York City. Through an artist who paints New York vagrants, RT relays the life stories of people who live on the edge, learns how they came to the streets and how to survive there. We also meet some of the dedicated volunteers who do what they can to help.

Documentary Notes

  • People feel safer on the streets
  • Have to sleep with one eye open in hostels
  • More opportunity to get mugged or raped in hostels
  • People commit crime on purpose in order to go to prison/jail to get shelter and food.
  • Homeless people do not have a fixed address and thus find it hard to claim certain benefits
  • Drastic increase in the number of soup kitchens opening up in New York
  • Easier to earn money on the streets
  • Cramped in hostels
  • Noisy & Unclean conditions in hostels
  • A lot of mental illness on the streets
  • Most people get into drugs and substance abuse issues after they are homeless
  • When you’re living on the streets it’s very hard to “come back” and improve your current living position