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UNDERCOVER explores the lives of homeless older women and the solutions available to us to solve the crisis.


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  • DIRECTOR Sue Thomson

  • PRODUCER Adam Farrington-Williams & Alexandra Curtis



UNDERCOVER is a hybrid-feature documentary that follows the lives of older women experiencing homelessness and housing stress, while also spotlighting the solutions put forward by those working at the forefront of the homeless epidemic.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

UNDERCOVER is a story about women, ageing and homelessness. It is because of the long term gendered economic inequality in this country and internationally that films addressing issues of gender equity need to be made. Women over fifty are in trouble! Decades of inequality are about to unleash a tsunami of older women struggling to support themselves. This is something that needs urgent attention, otherwise everyone will ultimately pay!


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

Working with an experienced impact producer, the filmmakers will devise an outreach strategy during the principal photography stage of the project. This film should be a tool to help spotlight the complexities around aging, housing and homelessness in women over the age of 50, and how we as individuals, as businesses, as NGOs, as sectors can shape the change we want to see.


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

Undercover is a solutions-led documentary, so it is concerned with offering answers to the current catastrophe. We are looking to partner with both the private sector, the government and sector leaders to implement positive solutions in the space of housing and homelessness. We are seeking an impact producer to help devise a multi-pronged outcome plan, but one of the major goals of this film is to change perceptions of what it traditionally means to be homeless, with a particular focus on the hidden homeless and older women are the fastest growing demographic of hidden homeless.


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

Yes, we have extensive partnerships and ambassadors working with us from the private sector, the not for profit space, health organisations and government.

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

We are passionate about seeking further partners to ensure consultation with the industry guides best practices when producing this film at all stages of the project. Our film should be statistically viable from the outset. Our consultants are also offering on-set guidance and support around filming vulnerable and at-risk older women. Some of these women come from not only lived experienced of on the street trauma, but from family violence situations.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

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

Audience members should feel encouraged by the solutions available to us and either do what they can with the tools available to them (ie donate what they can to the cause) and/or lobby those around them in everyday life and indeed government to implement long term solutions to solve homelessness.

Despite some of the traumatic subject matter, women in this film have incredible stories to tell and we hope that the positive solutions suggested by the film will be championed by the film itself, but also our partner organisations and individuals.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

This measurement will be outlined in our upcoming social impact strategy, however statistical quantifications will be made around the legislative response to the film; from the positive feedback via our partnerships on the ground; and the increased commitment from the private sector to short, medium and long term solutions.