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A Place of My Own, or Young People, Housing and Homelessness (Parts 1 & 2)

Cat No: CVA0022
Duration: 00:50:21
Date: 1981
Location: Various, Lewisham,South London
Original format: B&W- Sony Portapak
Colour: Colour & B/W



Part One of ‘A Place of My Own’ interviews five young people who have faced homelessness, interspersed with a slot machine that highlights the gamble and lottery that young people take in trying to find suitable accommodation. Scenes of authority figures illustrate the irony and barriers young people face in the welfare system, for example only being able to claim rent supplements if one has an address, and the housing shortage leading to higher rents making accommodation unaffordable for young people. 
Part Two directly addresses the outcome of Part One’s broadcast, with the topical news programme ‘The Viewpoint’ debating the issues raised, Part Two also explores the accommodation available to young people examining, amongst others, a housing cooperative and squatting.

Production Credits

Graham De Smidt
A Place of My Own Part 1:  Adult Roles - Andy de la Tour, Boy - Dave Harper,  Girl -Tracy Russell  . Others -  Joe Carrigan, Peter Hammond, John Kennedy, Roy Russell 'Café' , Dave Clawson, Andy Haastrup, Martin Madden, Doug Watson.  Hostel worker - John Percival. 
: Alison Ayers, Donavan Binns, Carl Finn, Ginny Help, Romayne Phoenix. 
Lighting camera - Bob Blatchford. Camera - Jimi Matthews, Hugh Morris. Script - Andy de la Tour, The Young People. Graphics - Dewar McAdam. Typing - Rita Nye. Assistant Director - Jimi Matthews.  Producer - Graham de Smidt. Director: Andy Porter.
Equipment - Albany Video, Goldsmiths College AVE Centre,  Post-Production - Fantasy Factory.
Sponsored by Stopover Lewisham Long Stop Project, with thanks to The Queen's Silver Jubilee Trust, Greater London Arts Council, Wesley Hall Youth Project. 
A Place Of My Own Part 2 - Actors - John Gillett, Maggie Steed, Jim Barclay, Trix Worrell, Dave Harper, Tracy Russell.  Camera - Andy Porter, Geoff Stowe, Glenn Ujebe Masokoane, Sound - Jimi Matthews.  Assistants - Emile Matthee, Eugene Skeef.  Studio Graphics -Dewar McAdam. Typing - Rita Nye.  Produced, Directed, Scripted and Edited  - Andy Porter and Graham de Smidt. Equipment  and Studio - Goldsmiths College AVE Centre. 
Sponsored by Longstop Project, Threshold Centre, Stopover Lewisham, with thanks to The Queens Silver Jubilee Trust.


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