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Alexander Ariel 19/10/10 Exit to Beach film

The dangers of sleeping rough in Brighton have come under the spotlight after a group of students delved into the City's underworld to make a documentary. Exit to Beach, which is being screened at the Duke of York on the 24th of October, was produced Henry Degnin, Callum Cameron and Saul Abraham and confronts the issues of homelessness, escapism and the diverse population of people living in Brighton. The amateur film makers interviewed a cross section of people they came across in the city, ranging from street cleaners, social workers, weekend visitors to the homeless. The seamless transition between interviews display a kaleidoscope of perspectives from within the city, addressing issues facing people in Brighton and painting a picture of the varied lives of residents in the city.

“Initially we wanted to find out what brought these very distinct people to Brighton”, said Henry, but they came face to face with substance abuse, poverty and other such factors that play a large role in deciding the fate of those featured in the film. It brings to light the deprivation experienced by a large number of people in Brighton. “We wanted to give a voice to these disadvantaged people.” The students were shocked by the dangers facing homeless people in the city and decided to donate all profits from the film to local charity Off the Fence which helps rough sleepers in Brighton. Their project ‘anti-freeze’ provides support on the street, warm drinks, food and guidance for people sleeping rough in town five nights a week in winter and three nights during the rest of the year. According to Henry, they were drawn to the charity because “their grass roots approach reflects the dynamic of the film.” Exit to Beach will be shown at the Duke of York on the 24th of October at 3.45pm. Tickets cost £3.00 and all the money raised will be going to Off the Fence charity. Further screenings of the film are planned for Holland and the US. "We wanted to give something back to the people who helped us." Off the Fence website Event info & Tickets Trailer

Exit to the beach review  

A review of an indie filmed based in in Brighton about homelessness.

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