Invisible People highlights the personal stories of London’s homeless and discusses why photographer Gavin Mills embarked on a project to shine a positive light on London’s homeless.
I found that all the people we spoke to were very excited to be part of a documentary. They were happy that people were taking a positive and non-judgmental interest. Those we spoke with loved telling us their stories and many had a philosophical outlook on life that I found really inspiring. They were welcoming and friendly and treated us like old friends.
A few quotes from the homeless people we met along the way.
“Try and do something differently for at least an hour in your day and do it with all the inspiration and happiness you would put into something you thoroughly enjoy.”
“I don’t think it’s nice for me look at myself as I’m going to be like this forever. I think, at some point, quicker than I think, it’s all gonna change.”
As the weather gets colder I always think about those living rough. One of the guys we spoke to called it ‘Living Outside’. There are many complex reasons why people end up homeless and this film isn’t about that. It is to show the people we walk past every day, sometimes with indifference. To make the invisible, visible.
The documentary screened as part of The East End Film Festival’s One Stop Film Shop 2014 and The St Albans Film Festival 2014 placing second in the Best Short Film Category.
You can watch the short film here.