The homeless film director
Although I’m Scottish born and bred, and I spend a lot of my time filming in sunnier climes. I think it’s fair to say that slowly over the last eight years London has become my home.
Seeing people on the street, homeless, is not something you see where I’m from in Scotland. (I mean, the nearest town is 7 miles away and there is only one main street!) So it’s something that I always found hard to witness.
I always wanted to help but wasn’t sure how I could. So, when Alex, the director of London soup kitchen in central London, reached out to me, I was excited to get involved and do some volunteering. Two years down the road and when I’m in London you can find me in there at least a few times a week.
The thing that’s kept me going back is the incredible people I’ve met and built relationships with. All the misconceptions I had were so far off. A part of me had assumed that for one reason or another the people on the streets were there for the obvious reasons; drink and drugs.
The sad truth is there are a lot of people on the streets for these reasons, but there are also a lot of people there because they’ve experienced some serious hardship, mental health issues, trauma, or in Davids case, going against the odds to chase a dream.
David has been living on the streets for 4 1/2 years. Far from dwelling on the unfortunate circumstances which led him there, he has used this time to “focus in on his dream” of writing, producing, directing and acting in the action-spy-horror movie he always wanted to make - Mystic Demon Killer.
David is a lovely man with a big dream, and right now things are happening for him. I wont bash on about his film or his story as I would love if you would watch it, here.
I’m really proud to know David; what an inspiration and what a great thing he’s doing, not just for himself but also in changing the perception of what people think a homeless person is or can achieve.