We're All In The Gutter

Chronicling the experiences of the homeless and squatter community living in the Bear-pit Underpass, Bristol. Using music created by a central contributor, the film focuses on the lives of members of the homeless community, as they reflect on their struggles of sleeping rough; and how the Bear-pit community has offered them a crucial sense of fellowship and safety from their destitution.

During the course of filming, the Bearpit community came under an increased threat of forced disbandment by the police and council. In their fight to protect their urban home environment from being severed, the community strives to confront these unique challenges and prevent themselves from being further displaced. By giving the community members a platform to communicate their stories, the documentary aims to demystify the damaging stereotypes associated with homelessness.

Whilst studying at the University of Bristol, Ruairi Hoskins (Director) got used to seeing homeless people on his daily journey to University. Noticing that little seemed to change for those living in Stokes Croft, and the Bearpit underpass, Ruairi and two classmates were inspired to use their Documentary Unit to shine a light on the realities of homelessness in Bristol.

They began by asking a number of local homelessness charities if they could film their work. These requests proved unsuccessful, as they were busy at that time. However, a chance encounter whilst filming B-Roll footage in the area led the team to Theo.

Theo had previously lived at the Bearpit and was very close to the community.

Theo introduced Ruairi to them and he, in turn, told them about the film, and the aims for the project. From there, filming began, including access to the bear-pit community and providing their own phone footage, as well as, interviews describing the experience of homelessness but also highlighting the importance of the Bearpit as a community space for an often invisible group of people. Taking music Theo had developed whilst busking, which remains the soundtrack to the film. This formed the genesis of the film, which Ruairi developed in collaboration with Ed Scott (Editor), his creative partner since attending BRIT school together as teenagers.

  • Ruairi Hospkins
    BANDING APART (Canon-Nahemi, Extraordinary Times Competition Winner (Most Creative Contribution)
  • Edward Scott
    Producer + Editor
    BANDING APART (Canon-Nahemi, Extraordinary Times Competition Winner (Most Creative Contribution)
  • Theo Pirois
    Subject (Key Cast)
  • Theo Pirois
  • Yizhe Tan
    1st Camera Assisstant
  • Louis Fleury
    2nd Camera Assisant
  • Eleanor Barker
    Assistant Director
  • Gabriel Wood
    Art Design
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature, Student
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 28 minutes 13 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    0 GBP
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Bristol University / Roehampton University
Director Biography - Ruairi Hospkins

Ruairi was born in London, 1998. His interest in film began at a young age when he watched a multitude of Alfred Hitchcock films. Films such as Rear Window and North by Northwest especially fascinated him and prompted him to want to pursue his love for film. Ruairi began at The BRIT School of Performing Arts, in 2014 studying Theatre and Film Studies. During his time there, he acted as Reverend Hale in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, whereby he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the annual awards season. Furthermore, he was introduced to the art of playwriting. He used those skills to write and direct his own play for his final assessment. The creative skills he obtained through his learning experiences there, inspired him to study film in higher education, whereby he left to study Film and Theatre at the University of Bristol in 2017.

During his time at the University of Bristol, whilst working on multiple film and documentary projects; He gained substantial experience with the camera and sound operation. Also editing multiple of these projects. As well as, taking part in local theatre performances; as both performer and back-stage hand. Ruairi was also involved in a number of commercial videos for music and theatre festivals. But Ruairi’s aspiration was to become a documentary filmmaker, particularly tackling sensitive subjects and challenging global issues. Whilst engaging audiences with unique people with diverging opinions, provoking change.

Ruairi graduated from Bristol University with BA (Honors) in Theatre and Film. After which he returned to London to work at Maverick TV as a transcriber for their segments and later Love Productions (Channel 4 and 5, contributors) . Ruairi , alongside his creative partners from BRIT School, was also assistant Director, and starred in ‘Banding Apart'; Nahemi-Canon Extraordinary Times Competition 2020 winner of ‘Most Creative Contribution’.

Banding Apart - Winner; ‘Most Creative Contribution’ - Nahemi-Canon Extraordinary Times Competition 2020 (Short Film) - https://filmfreeway.com/projects/2038623 - alternative viewing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS9lWnDmb6g

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