DAVID reviews

3 November 2016

Through homeless eyes.

by Andrew MacGregor


Depaul: “Jordan” - 5 mins 17s

Earlier this year we brought you the trailer for Prakash Nathan's 'Jordan' - a sombre insight into youth homelessness on behalf of charity Depaul. Now the full film tells Jordan Brooks's story against a black-and-white backdrop.

Brooks describes the circumstances that led to his time on the streets. Friends and young love aren't enough to heal a broken home life, and it drives him into some of North-West London's darkest corners. As Brooks speaks, the camera moves deeper into these harsh spaces.

It's a clever device. We see the world as Brooks saw it: a bleak amalgamation of steel and concrete, interspersed with brief glimpses of happier times. Luckily for Brooks, he's able to look the viewer in the eye - scarred, but safe again.

Of course, this is just one of many stories - not all of which end as well as this one. Prakash Nathan's sincere piece thus highlights the need for more dedicated facilities to help vulnerable youths like Brooks.


Director: Prakash Nathan
Producer: Prakash Nathan
Cinematography: Andrew M Fletcher
1st AC / Focus Puller: Pedro Ribeiro
Editor: Prakash Nathan
Post Production: Lucy Mason / Jack Williams
Colourist: Oisin O'Driscoll @ The Mill Ⓦ

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