This video is the preamble to a video Lee Halpin was making for a Channel 4 job application.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Rough-sleeping film maker dies on streets
Friday 05 April 2013
A young film-maker has died as he made a documentary about sleeping rough on the streets.
He embarked upon his project on Sunday but he was found dead three days later in a derelict building in the city’s west end.
In a YouTube video, he said the project was part of an application for an investigative journalism course.
From Channel 4 News in Britain:
05 April 2013
Film-maker Lee Halpin dies during homeless probe
Aspiring documentary maker Lee Halpin has been found dead while sleeping rough as part of his research into homelessness. He is believed to have frozen to death.
Lee Halpin had decided to spend the week living on the streets in his home city of Newcastle to experience what it was like to be homeless and sleeping rough.
Speaking in a YouTube video of the eve of the project, he said he wanted to give an example of fearless reporting, as part of an application for a Channel 4 investigative journalism scheme.
But after just three days on Sunday, the 26-year-old was found dead in a derelict building in the Westgate Road. The coldest recorded temperature that weekend in Newcastle was -4 C. …
Halpin said he had spoken to a homeless charity about the rise in the number of people on the streets and the possible repercussions of the bedroom tax.
“I’m about to go and spend a week being homeless in the West End of Newcastle. I will sleep rough for a week, scrounge for my food, access the services that other homeless individuals use,” he said.
“I will interact with as many homeless people as possible and immerse myself in that lifestyle as deeply as I can.”
He concluded the video by saying he hoped it showed his willingness to get to the heart of a story.
‘The ultimate sacrifice’
Lee’s friend Daniel Lake told the Newcastle Chronicle: “No-one knows how he passed away, but we think it could have been hypothermia.
“He made the ultimate sacrifice trying to raise awareness about what was happening to other people.”
A Channel 4 spokesperson said: “We are saddened to learn of the tragic death of this aspiring young journalist. Our thoughts are with his family.”