Film by Cricklewood’s homeless shortlisted for award

Home, a film made by homeless about homelessness, is up for an award

Home, a film made by homeless about homelessness, is up for an award - Credit: Archant

A film made by homeless people in Cricklewood has beaten stiff competition to be shortlisted for a prestigious award

Home, a film made by homeless about homelessness, is up for an award

Home, a film made by homeless about homelessness, is up for an award - Credit: Archant

HOME, a film made by the staff and residents of Ashford Place Resource Centre, in Ashford Road, is a finalist at the Charity Film Awards, to be held at a special BAFTA gala event on March 15th.

The documentary is a fusion of music beats, photographic images and illustrations, where Bart, Bala, Bassel, Stanley and Hassan, give powerful interpretations of their experiences of homelessness and what led them there.

The charity, which is dedicated to bringing long-term solutions to the borough’s most disadvantaged residents, is one of five nominees in the Documentaries/Long Form Category to make the grade.

It was selected from over 400 films by both People’s Choice and a panel of nearly 30 judges.

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The tiny budget film took four months to make with the internal teams from the charity writing, producing and editing the finished result.

The film was shown at the House of Commons last April with an audience which including MPs, councillors and community leaders.

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The following November it was shown at the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn High Road.

Danny Maher, CEO of Ashford Place, said: “We are absolutely delighted particularly with the competition we’ve got. We are up against big national charities who have access to loads of resources which we don’t have as we are just a small local charity.

“The message of the film is poignant and powerful. It’s great the homeless people who made the film themselves are getting recognition for their talent and their hard work.”

He added: “This message is important whether we win or not. People can still turn their lives around with the right kind of support and people encouraging them.”

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