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Homelessness laid bare; tales from the streets told by a powerful ensemble of feisty, mature women.


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  • DIRECTOR Deborah Leiser Moore and Marianne Latham

  • PRODUCER Richard Moore



This documentary is about the reality of homelessness for mature women told through the lens of the personal and centred around a theatrical production co created by all 8 members of this cast of Australian women. It's a positive testament to survival from women who have lived in hedges, in cars, couch surfed and now want to spread the word via story, song and image. They are raw authentic, full of humour and bonded by a belief that this documentary will be key to spreading positivity and about the value of camaraderie and community. "No pity party " they shout .We are Here and very much Alive ! !

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

The main issue underlying this production is a global social problem - the alarming rise in numbers of mature women, from all walks of life, who are finding themselves homeless. In Australia alone growth is recorded at 31% over the last 5 years. Some media outlets report the phenomenon but mostly its invisible and off the grid . We aim to remedy that.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

In brief - To make the Invisible Visible.
In long - To use a poetic form of documentary to express the heart and soul of a growing social problem and at the same time communicate a powerful social message about the positive values of community and collaboration.


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

The outcomes are a combination of heightening awareness of the issue and also of spreading a message of positivity and authenticity. Despite the subject matter the women are all 1000 percent committed to not wallowing in self - pity of sympathy . Instead they have come together to celebrate , to shout out ...Look at us . Listen to our stories . We are survivors...WE ARE HERE.


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

The project development is the result of an open and collaboration between the women in the cast and the two co directors and co writers - Deborah Leiser Moore and Marianne Latham. Each meeting between the participants is a bubbling think tank - full of positivity and mutual support.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

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

The very act of telling their stories is, for some of the women in this production, a revelation. For many its a history kept secret from families, friends,sons and daughters for most of their lives. We sincerely hope that the example of these women will inspire and prompt more people to come forward and share their stories without fear.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Our indicators for success are numeric, anecdotal and emotional. Clearly attendances at screenings will be a key measure both from a financial perspective and also as an indicator that the word is spreading. Backed by a strong social media campaign we also hope the production and the discussion it provokes will heighten community awareness. In real "on the ground" terms, if the production and the circles of attention it generates persuade 1 homeless woman to seek help we would consider this a success.