Thanks to the generous backing of more than 500 people, we have reached our Kickstarter target. We still have one day to raise additional funds towards our editing and post-production costs, so any further contributions will be gratefully received.
Where would we be without man’s best friend? For those who are homeless, their canine companion will often be the most important thing in their life.
Dogs on the Streets is a cinematic portrait of homeless dog owners and the people who work with them to ensure the welfare of their animals. It follows musician and radio presenter Simone Marie as she meets homeless dog owners and their animals in London, Birmingham, Kent and Oxford as they receive help and support from a team of volunteers from the charity DOTS (Dogs on the Streets), a volunteer-run charity dedicated to the welfare of dogs belonging to the homeless community.
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Paul Sng, the documentary will follow the stories of several homeless dog owners and their pets, to explore the bond between dogs and their owners and reveal how they have helped people through difficult times. We also meet the DOTS volunteers who provide veterinary care, food and basic supplies, and assistance with helping homeless people and their dogs with getting off the streets for good.
By using direct testimony to challenge public perception and show that homelessness is created by economic forces, rather than the fault of individuals, the film questions our understanding of how homeless people are seen – or unseen – by society.
Paul has developed a critical reputation as a filmmaker with a social conscience, as evidenced in Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle, and Sleaford Mods – Invisible Britain. His work explores the lives of individuals who have been neglected, marginalised or misrepresented in the arts and media. This latest venture features an original music score by Little Barrie frontman Barrie Cadogan (Better Call Saul theme).
Paul Sng says: “Each week there’s a new story about homelessness in the news, usually with damning statistics and political soundbites. But rarely do they look at meaningful solutions to the root cause of homelessness: structural inequality in our society. With this documentary we want to challenge the stigmatisation and demonisation of homeless people, and show that homelessness is not the fault of the individual but of society as a whole. Michelle Clark and the DOTS team provide vital support for homeless people and the dogs who bring comfort and security to their lives. We hope this film will make more people aware of their work, and show the reality of homelessness from the perspective of people who experience it."
Michelle Clark, who runs DOTS, says: “These are good people. They had lives just like ours. When things went south and their circumstances saw them take to the streets, their dog was often all they had left in the world. And often it’s because they have a dog that they’re sleeping rough – while homeless people can sleep in shelters, almost all accommodation options won’t take in people who have a dog. If you see someone on the streets with a dog, they may have chosen to stay with their pet over getting a roof over their heads.”
Simone Marie says of her involvement in the project: “As an animal lover and a supporter of homeless charities, it’s a great opportunity to highlight the work of this amazing, compassionate charity and all they do for the homeless community.”
In return for donations, we're offering a great range of rewards, including a download of the film, the original score, thank you credits, and a 2020 calendar featuring photographs of the film's canine stars. Also available are sponsorship packages for organisations and individuals, plus Associate Producer and Executive Producer credits.
Please consider supporting our Kickstarter campaign so that we can tell a story of hope and resilience about homeless dog owners and their canine companions, as well as the brilliant team of volunteers who help to keep them together.
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace.” ― Milan Kundera
Risks and challenges
All films carry risks and in this case our biggest concerns rest with the welfare of the people and the animals we will be working with. Fortunately, the DOTS team have many years of experience in working with homeless people and their dogs, and we will be following their advice and instructions at all times to ensure the safety of all concerned.
The challenges involved in making this film are many; we must remain respectful to the people we are filming whilst also doing our best to tell a compelling story about them. Our director has made two previous films that examine social issues, and is committed to ensuring a duty of care to the people he works with to represent them faithfully and with respect.
We are seeking to raise £25,000 for filming funds to cover the following costs:
- Crew fees
- Equipment hire
- Travel and accommodation
- Cost of rewards for our Kickstarter supporters
If funding exceeds our original target, the money will be go towards our post production costs (we will also be seeking additional finance to cover this).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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