The year ahead is set to be one that is going to be hugely significant politically, but in recent times few things have proved more influential in the lives of every day people than our welfare system, and 2017 doesn’t look like it’s set to change that any time soon, so a documentary film capturing what it’s like to be caught within it is always going to be a fascinating watch. Half Way is an immersive chronicling of the experience of a homeless family living half way between homes, and it screens at Tyneside Cinema on Monday 9th January.
The film is a glimpse through the eyes of Daisy, her role as daughter and filmmaker offers up a reflective lens through which we can see the relentless physical and mental effects being one of Britain’s hidden homeless can have. The line between subject and filmmaker blur, and we’re invited to witness moments of happiness and hilarity alongside the more torturous struggles. It all develops into something of a critique of Britain’s welfare system and the current housing crisis, all through a narrative of a real life family living through it. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Daisy May Hudson, hosted by Rose Gilroy Professor of Ageing, Planning and Policy Director of Engagement School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, and a bold piece of cinema is given a screening alongside a bit of context to show just how important it is.