New film pays homage to the ‘strength, resilience’ of St Kilda’s homeless population

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New film pays homage to the ‘strength, resilience’ of St Kilda’s homeless population

St Kilda - Some Happy Day

'Some Happy Day' is a striking new film set in St Kilda, tackling the interweaving lives of a homeless woman and her troubled social worker.

Some Happy Day is an independent feature film described as “a homage to St Kilda” that was proudly made with, and in, the community where it’s set.

Some Happy Day follows Tina, a homeless woman in desperate search of a better life, who meets Frances, a social worker with troubles of her own. Over a single day their lives interweave, revealing unsettling connections that lead to change and redemption.

What you need to know

  • Some Happy Day
  • Dates: Sun 20 Feb, Mon 21 Feb and Wed 23 Feb 2022
  • Time: 6.30pm (74 mins)
  • Venue: Classic Cinemas, 9 Gordon Street, Elsternwick
  • Tickets: $13.50 – $30 plus booking fee

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The film will have its Melbourne premiere on World Day of Social Justice (Sunday 20 February 2022), with a fundraiser for Sacred Heart Mission at Classic Cinemas as well as additional screenings on Mon 21 Feb 2022 and Wed 23 Feb 2022.

The film is inspired by writer and director Catherine Hill’s 20-year experience working with rough sleepers: “Every day I witnessed the strength, resilience, struggles and stories of people who have found themselves homeless, sleeping at the beach, in the park, under a stairwell or in a squat,” said Hill.

Some Happy Day was filmed in partnership with a range of local St Kilda groups and organisations. Many of the actors have lived-experiences of surviving without a home and other cast and crew work in social services. The role of Tina was written for Peta Brady – known for her roles in Neighbours, Kath and Kim and Blue Heelers – who in addition to working across theatre and television, also works part-time as a drug and alcohol worker at The Salvation Army Needle and Syringe Program in St Kilda.

Sacred Heart Mission and the Salvation Army Statewide Crisis Centre supported Some Happy Day by providing in-kind assistance and access to different locations. Cathy Humphrey, CEO for Sacred Heart Mission said Some Happy Day provides a realistic impression that contextualises homelessness, its impact on people and the importance of trauma informed practice, which is central to ending homelessness.

“It’s fantastic that Sacred Heart Mission is part of Some Happy Day’s Melbourne premiere and I hope it starts some important conversations about how to make a difference,” said Humphrey.

It is estimated that on any given night in Australia approximately 116,000 people will be homeless – 1 in every 200 Australians. Last year, over 420 homeless people died on Australia’s streets. The average life expectancy of rough sleepers is around 50 years of age, almost 30 years lower than housed populations.

Some Happy Day has been accepted into 6 international film festivals and Catherine Hill was nominated for Best Direction of a Feature Film (Under $1M) by the Australian Directors Guild.

Head to the film’s website here for more information.