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Under Cover

The hidden faces of homelessness.


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  • DIRECTOR Sue Thomson

  • PRODUCER Adam Farrington-Williams, Sue Thomson & Diana Fisk (impact)



Narrated by Margot Robbie and sharing the lives of an eclectic group of women throughout Australia, UNDER COVER shines a light on a devastating reality - women over 50 being the fastest growing cohort experiencing homelessness in Australia. These moving but optimistic portraits reveal the struggles these women face, and lay bare the flaws in our society, as well as our economic fragility in the modern world.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Hundreds of thousands of homeless people in Australia are hidden and go unrecognised as homeless. The majority of them are women. In fact, women over 50 are the fastest growing demographic of homeless in the developed world and are increasingly referred to as the hidden homeless. These women live in their cars, stay on a friend’s couch or sofa bed, or live in short-term accommodation. They find themselves in this uncertain and terrifying position primarily due to the gender pay gap and the lifelong gendered expectation of unpaid labour; where women often find themselves left doing the caring roles in their homes, in their extended family and in their communities.

Under Cover follows ten of these women, as well as three people working to keep older women like them from becoming homeless.


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.