Vinnies and GPY&R release touching film about the homeless

By AdNews | 14 December 2012
Filmmaker and former Matthew Talbot Homeless Services client Roy Faamatala chronicles the lives of six people affected by homelessness in the GPY&R-produced documentary.

The St Vincent de Paul Society has teamed up with George Patterson Y&R Sydney to produce a documentary offering a unique insight into homelessness.

A Place Like This, made by former Matthew Talbot Homeless Services client Roy Faamatala, chronicles the trials and tribulations of six people – Roy, Krystal, Keith, Jon, Maria and Gabriel – all experiencing homelessness.

The film was pre-screened this week at Dendy Cinemas Opera Quays. Filmmaker Faamatala said the documentary provides a voice for people who have fallen through the cracks into homelessness.

"This film actually tells the story of the many thousands of people who have nowhere to call home," he said. "It is their voice and shows that homelessness doesn’t discriminate. In the wrong set of circumstances it can be a scary reality for anyone at any time."

Y&R Brands chief executive Russel Howcroft said: "It was a privilege to attend the pre-screening of the GPY&R-produced short film directed by former Matthew Talbot client Roy Faamatala.

"The Sydney Patts Y&R team has put many months of passion into the project and their expertise has contributed to producing a purposeful and beautiful little film for the St Vincent de Paul Society."

Michael Perusco, St Vincent de Paul Society NSW chief executive, said: "The film is a great demonstration of the collaboration between the Society's Matthew Talbot Homeless Services, George Patterson Y&R Sydney and TAFE NSW. It is a testament to the importance of education and learning as part of the solution to homelessness."

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