Homeless, an interactive documentary developed and produced especially for broadcast on the Internet, is the first Australian online project ever to be profiled at Hot Docs Film Festival, the prestigious Canadian market and festival held in Toronto in April each year.
Homeless is one of only five international online projects to be selected for the newly inaugurated CyberDocs that explores the convergence of new media and documentary practice. Financed by the Australian Film Commission in association with ABC New Media, Homeless was created under the landmark AFC/ ABC New Media DOCUMENTARY ONLINE INITIATIVE, and received additional support from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the Uniting Church in Australia.
The documentary was produced by Trevor Graham with project directors Trevor Graham, Rose Hesp and Rob Wellington, and writers Rose Hesp and Trevor Graham.
The documentary offers a compassionate insight into the different experiences of six homeless people in Tokyo, Jakarta, Sydney, New Delhi, New York and London. Homeless takes a unique approach by capturing each person's life for one 24-hour period, and revealing their experiences in intimate detail. Using video clips, photographs and interviews (both as videos and transcripts) Homeless reveals stories of love, hope and humour - and stories of tragedy, heartache and despair.
"The AFC/ABC New Media Documentary Online Initiative was established to encourage adventurous projects that exploit the possibilities of the Internet and challenge conventional documentary forms. Homeless absolutely meets the criteria and has now been recognised as a documentary of international standing in the exciting new arena of interactive online programming. The AFC is extremely proud to have funded the project," said Kim Dalton, Chief Executive of the Australian Film Commission.
Director of ABC New Media and Digital Services, Lynley Marshall, said the selection of Homeless at Hot Docs is confirmation of the innovative and engaging nature of the documentary.
"This collaboration with the AFC has provided excellent opportunities for content developers to explore new delivery platforms and for our audiences to engage with unique content. Homeless is a great example of how this initiative is helping to bridge the gap between the traditional medium of documentary filmmaking and the Internet," she said.
Go to Homeless AFC/ABC Documentary Online.
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