Film Synopsis : The documentary revolves around five fascinating individuals who were once homeless on the streets of London, and now lead the Unseen city walking tours as guides along familiar streets. The guides explore unseen aspects of iconic places in London, sharing quirky historical facts combined with personal, 'unseen' stories of sleeping rough in these areas - opening up cultural spaces on two distinct levels. Neighbourhoods include Covent Garden, Shoreditch, Mayfair, Brick Lane and London Bridge.
Trivia:The documentary, ‘Unseen’ revolves around five fascinating individuals who were once homeless on the streets of London, and now gallantly lead the Unseen city walking tours as guides along these familiar streets.
Whilst filming, I got to know the guides – Viv, Henri, Vinny, Liz and Hazel – on a more intimate level. They shared quirky and unseen aspects of iconic places in London, together with their personal, ‘unseen’ stories of sleeping rough in these areas. Charmed by all five personalities and the Unseen team, I delved deeper into the meaning they each gave their neighbourhoods, and to life per se – opening up cultural spaces on two distinct levels.
My partner in crime, Martha Carvalho and I set out onto the streets, each equipped with a camera and lots of energy and enthusiasm, as we followed the guides around places like Covent Garden, Shoreditch, Brick Lane, London Bridge and Mayfair. I was puzzled upon discovering how lush Mayfair harbours homelessness, and soon after the tour- all the other promiscuous secrets that place harboured. Film Accomplishments : Won Best Film of the Month, Shortcutz London, Sept 201.
Shortlisted finalists of the month, Shooting People, October 201.
Featured Documentary, November 2012, Community Channel, UK.
Special Mention Award, Social Impact Media Awards, May 2013.
Screened at Shortcutz Berlin: Best International Shorts, June 2013.
Will be screening at Portobello Film Festival, London, UK, Sept 2013.
FLICK PICK of the WEEK 10 on My Film Works, 4 March 2019.
Length : 19.37 mins Co/Assistant Director : Martha Carvalho Producer : Upneet Kaur-Nagpal Editor : Upneet Kaur-Nagpal Target Audience : Male & Female, 13-17, 18 to 49, Above 49