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Under Cover

Under Cover is a timely portrait of hidden homelessness, and the thousands of older women who are its victims.


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  • DIRECTOR Sue Thomson

  • PRODUCER Adam Farrington-Williams, Sue Thomson & Alexandra Curtis



Under Cover follows Rama, Claire and Linda who are homeless and Gemma, Rob and Fiona, who are working to stop older women from becoming homeless. Through their combined struggles, we are struck by the flaws in our society and the fragility of our own economic standing. However, we are buoyed by the eternal hope and optimism of these women who find themselves in this unthinkable instability. Rama, Claire and Linda’s homelessness is not visible and they could easily be you, me, your mother, your sister, your aunt or your grandmother. These women just happen to be living with a terrifying secret.

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50.56% funded
  • $450,000.00

  • $227,500.00

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Fieldwork Pty Ltd $200.00
PwC $5,000.00
Offline Donation $30,000.00
Phyll Williams $50.00
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Hangid Foundation $10,000.00
David Atkins $50.00
Offline Donation $30,000.00
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Anna Sublet $100.00
Mary Papaioannou $200.00
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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Under Cover is a story about women, aging, and homelessness. Referred to as the ‘hidden homeless’, women over fifty are currently the fastest growing demographic of homeless in the developed world. It is vital that films are made to highlight and confront the multitude of issues stemming from long-term gendered economic inequalities in this country and around the world. Women over fifty are in trouble. Decades of inequality is about to see a tsunami of older women finding themselves in precarious financial peril that could leave them all homeless. This crisis needs urgent attention and the longer it remains untreated, the more it will ultimately cost society mentally, physically and economically.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

Under Cover will redefine the face of homelessness and trigger mass awareness of the issue of aging women and homelessness, leading to bottom-up change in communities across the country.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

The biggest change the issue of homelessness ultimately needs is through federal and state government actions. Our goal with this documentary, therefore, is primarily to raise broader awareness of the issue, creating a voice from individuals and communities around Australia, leading to a bottom-up grassroots approach.


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

- Redefining homelessness through articles, social clips, sharing data and community discussions.
- Create education resources both for in school environments and for those seeking a deeper understanding of financial resources and ways to be proactive in planning for the future.
- Provide opportunities for people to get involved and support, as well as provide resources and links to those who need support.
- Speak to why government change is important and how we can start to see positive change with the right action in place.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

We have extensive partnerships and ambassadors working with us from the private sector, the not for profit space, health organisations and government that are providing guidance, resources and will be utilised further as we approach the release of the film.

Each partnership offers us a chance for expert consultancy, an ability to reach the important players trying to create change and an opportunity to meet the survivors on the ground. Often the consultancy provides statistics, industry overview, and controlled access to participants.

As our film will be factually viable from the outset, we are passionate about seeking further partners to ensure best practices and accuracy when producing this film. As some of the women being interviewed come from lived experience of on-the-street trauma and family violence, our consultants are generously offering on-set guidance and support around filming vulnerable and at-risk older women.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

The Under Cover website will be the first port of call for viewers and will prompt people to access further information, as well as providing a number of avenues to support based on where the viewer is located. This could be a way to donate, templates for writing to local MP's, petions to sign, resources to share the film and key messages and a dedicated support page for anyone that may need links to existing support networks.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

1) Evaluation from our website and socials providing data on reach and visitor actions.
2) A partnership with an educational resource provider such as COOL AUSTRALIA will enable the filmmakers to track uptake in the created curriculum and measure the number of students who have studied the coursework and therefore been exposed to the messages promoted by the film and its social impact campaign.
3) Targeted questionnaires during our social impact workshops and screenings will help measure and evaluate how audiences are engaging with the ideas being explored.
4) Action from government at a fiscal policy level, such as an increase to Newstart / JobSeeker for women over 50 who are not yet at retirement or pension age; and rectifying the superannuation gap between men and women (particularly 60+ women).
5) Action from federal, state and local governments that sees more long term social housing and experimentation of rent control models based on available international evidence.