The Story: Homelessness
I believe in my outrage knowing that people are living in boxes on the street. – Bertrand Russell
Homelessness statistics are a confusing, murky thing, with puzzling inconsistencies in the way homelessness relief and homelessness prevention are recorded by English local authorities – although Wales is, apparently, having some success in finding a better, clearer way of recording this data, following new legislation included in the Housing (Wales) Act 2014.
Whatever data methodology is used, however, it is difficult to live in a major city in the UK and not see that homelessness is a very real, very present (as opposed to past, i.e. historical) problem. Much like people who are currently homeless, the issue of homelessness is often overlooked by individuals and society alike; it is an uncomfortable subject, raising questions of care, dignity, wealth inequality, a lack of (social) housing, and who is to ‘blame’.
The world of the performance arts has never shied away from difficult topics, though. In this debut edition of Jongleurs & Troubadours I’m spotlighting a couple of films – and one film-related interest – that look at the subject so many seek to march quickly by. (more…)