Homeless film maker dies in wintry weather

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.

Lee Halpin had planned to spend a week living on the streets in his home city of Newcastle to experience what it was like to be homeless.

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.”

22 thoughts on “Homeless film maker dies in wintry weather

  1. OMG!
    This is beyond sad and just plain wrong.
    It’s sickening how we treat each other in this world.
    People who are struggling with anything never seem to be able to find help, And that is simply because there normally never is any.
    Such a talented person, and he is gone because we simply won’t help the people who truly need it in our world, yet we are quick to spend billions on senseless things.

    For all the charity’s and half way houses in the world…..if they truly helped this kind of thing wouldn’t happen.

    Lee Halpin will always be on my mind…and I simply will not forget what happened to this extremely talented and ambitious person.

    it’s 2013 and yet we are still barbarians.

    Thanks for sharing this.
    Everyone and I mean everyone!! need’s to read this story.



    • Thank you Shane!

      I hope publicity about this will help to stop the bedroom tax in Britain, which would mean many more people sleeping rough. And maybe dying, like Lee Halpin.


      • Exactly, When something this happens the media needs to play it constantly for awhile…so that something like this does not happen again. The sad thing is, is that it could of EASILY have been prevented…and that just breaks my heart. I love your work! You have a new follower for sure.


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