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HOMETIME

Year: 2003

Classification: Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G

Runtime: 49 min

Produced In: Australia

Directed By: Luke Robinson

Produced By: Adam Bayliss

Language: English

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In a world that struggles with anxiety and depression, HOMETIME is an uplifting and moving visit to a small hostel making a huge difference to the lives of some loveable people that society forgot.

Hometime is the story of a group of homeless men and their experiences at the successful Charles O'Neill House program operated by the St Vincent de Paul Society.

The innovative program, managed by motivated staff and volunteers, offers homeless men in Sydney the opportunity and the tools to break the debilitating cycle of homelessness.

In Hometime we follow a group of men who are coming to terms with the causes and effects of their homelessness. More importantly we witness their growing sense of confidence as they actually participate in the making of Hometime, and talk about their newly discovered direction. Every week for three months, the crew assembled at Charles O'Neill House and discussed with the participants the course of events for the day. The projects included making short films, interviewing key staff of the program and even interviewing each other on thoughts and feelings about Charles O'Neill House.

The result from this interaction represents a true collaborative process. Because of this interaction, HOMETIME can be read on levels that stretch it beyond the average documentary mould.

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