On a thundery bank-holiday Monday, we sheltered inside The Institute of Light for a sold-out screening of Halfway.
The poignancy of the film is difficult to put into words. It offers a moving portrait of the often ‘abstract’ UK housing crisis, told through the experience of one family. Filmed over a year, Daisy-May Hudson (BAFTA Breakthrough Brit) is both director and daughter as her and her family fight to retain their dignity whilst they wait to be rehoused by the council. The self-filmed footage is so incredibly relatable – birthdays, bickering, tears and laughs – which makes the family’s struggle to find somewhere to call home all the more devastating to watch. It was a privilege to be joined by Daisy and her family for the screening. ‘Half Way’ was Nominated for Best British Documentary at the British Independent Film Awards and the Grierson award for Best Cinema Documentary.
The screening was followed by a panel discussion featuring the film’s director, Daisy-May Hudson, Jon Glackin from Streets Kitchen, Molly Fleming from The Outside Project and Mark Brennan from Housing Justice, chaired by Kate Hodkinson from the TPFC team. The panel centred around the inseparability of the housing crisis from political policy, and the importance of providing affordable housing. The frequent ‘othering’ of homeless people – as somehow different, somehow responsible for their situation – was dismantled, as anecdotes shared (as well as the story of Daisy’s own family) showed the ease with which people can find themselves without a home. Crucially, the panel reflected on the importance of getting involved and supporting grassroots organisations where possible. If you are interested, the above organisations are a great place to start.
We are proud to have raised £400 through this screening, which will help support Streets Kitchen in their wonderful work – #SolidarityNotCharity.