Finding Shelter On The Coldest Day | Girls Living On The Streets Of Brighton
I’ve had a few weirdos come up
to me, asking me to go back
to their house and stuff. It’s raining, it’s cold.
I’m not well. The news is we’re not on the street
any more. We’ve got a room now. SHE CHUCKLES It was so weird sleeping in a bed. And I didn’t want to get up
this morning. I woke up and I was a bit… I thought
I’d been kidnapped or something. SHE CHUCKLES It’s £100 a week,
so I can shower and cook and I don’t have to
sleep in a wet tent any more. Or beg for money. Because I play guitar and I sing,
so I can just be a busker. Hopefully, this will be the last
time we come here. It’s the last time
we ever have to do this. No, I won’t miss this at all. We wouldn’t go for a poo,
but if we really needed one, we’d have to go in, like, a bag. And then we’d have big bags
of rubbish, so we’d dispose of it with
all the rubbish. This is how we’ve been having to
wash ourselves, but, look, eurgh! That’s all off my hands. So this is what we’ve got to take,
but there’s probably going to be loads more bags from that tent,
as well. In Hastings,
they call me Crazy Kelly. When I’m all happy and stuff, I’m a lot different
to what people may think. I used to be such a loud character. Hopefully, I can get back to that. I get happy sometimes,
but it doesn’t last for very long before I get down again
about my situation. Oh, babe! Ow! Ah! Oh, my God! The hardest bit is over and we never have to see
this godforsaken park again! SHE CHUCKLES Ha-ha! Oh, that’s Rudolph…Rudolph’s… Rudolph’s blanket. It is, it is. Bloody hell. DIANA SPEAKS IN OWN LANGUAGE What are you looking for? I don’t have. Where…where…where
did you leave your drink? Ah, I don’t know. Where is the blue
one? Where is the blue bottle? Are you crazy? That’s why you are so drunk. Huh? She pisses me off. She’s asking for drink,
I’m not giving her. She lost control. It messes with my head and I am
the one who thinks about us. I’m the one who provides for us. And she don’t have respect. In the last couple,
I don’t know, couple of months, she’s uncontrollable now. You’ve drunk two and a half litres
of cider yourself! Look at yourself! Get fucking sober! We’re getting our hair cut.
Finally, I get my mop chopped. You all right, mate? Speaking of the devil. How you doing? You all right?
SHE GIGGLES You all right? Good to see you.
You all right? Yeah, cool. Have a seat, dude,
and let’s have a look. Nice. All right. I work on the street and a lot
of people know you guys. Yeah? People like you. People talk about
what a nice couple you are. Aw! Aw! That’s all right. It’s better than
getting talked bad about, innit? Yeah, I suppose. Yeah. Have you noticed that there’s more
homeless here than there used to be? Yeah, Brighton has definitely got more than it did
when I was last here. Yeah. But I read in the paper the other
day that it’s the biggest homeless population outside
of London at the moment, Brighton. Yeah, it’s crazy.
And females, as well. Yeah, there’s a lot of girls,
and a lot of young girls, too. In a sense, you guys are lucky
you’ve got each other, but it makes it more
difficult to find housing, you know. LOW CHATTER It looks good. How do you feel?
Yeah, good. 100%. You look better. Nice one. Yeah, you look good, man.
Banging. It looks well good, yeah. It does. Do you feel safer that you’ve got
Lance out on the street? Because it can be quite dangerous
out there. Yeah, definitely. Um…I’ve had times where people
have, like, tried to wake me up, even when me and Lance are, like,
spooning on the street, for, like, sex. Oh, really?
Just like that? A lot of people don’t realise
how hard it is for someone. Ah, that’s really nice.
SHE LAUGHS It’s well cool.
Let’s have a look at the back. Yeah, it feels good, the back. It’s just the top layer
you’ll have to grow out a bit. Yeah. It looks well good. BIRDSONG WAVES CRASH Yesterday, I was in Ireland. I was getting on the plane to come
back to England, to Eastbourne. I was stopped at the check-in
for the bags because of the metal poles in my
tent. That was a security issue. I had to ditch my tent.
Now I don’t have one. I left home when I was 16. My mum kicked me out
because I got an apprenticeship. And since then, I’ve been trying
to sort myself out accommodation. REPORTER: What will happen
if you don’t get in? I’m going to need to have to find
a tent, pronto. Otherwise I’m stuck. We’re going to take what we need. Yeah, the most important things. Yeah, the most important things,
and then that’s all, yeah. Because otherwise, the weather
is changing again, they said. It’s going to be bloody cold. Oh, yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah,
yeah-yeah. This is something impossible. Plus…plus our health
is deteriorating. Oh, my God! WIND GUSTS LOW CHATTER No, don’t put your coat there. Oh, she’s OCD. Everything. I accidentally put porn on.
Accidentally. LANCE LAUGHS It was an accident. I’ve heard that
one before. It was an accident. Obviously, like, there’s nothing
wrong with, like, being, like, displaying affection and being
close and whatever out and about, but no-one else really
wants to see that shit and it’s, like,
you know what I mean? People think it’s for attention
or it’s disgusting, or it’s shocking or this and that,
and really, it isn’t, it’s just most people take for
granted the fact that at some point
in the day or whenever they want to,
they can go and have privacy. Yeah. You know, like, we can’t just go
anywhere and have privacy, like, any day of the week.
We’d get arrested. So times like this, it’s just nice
to be able to chill out and it’s like our place. We’ve had people come and complain
about the noise and stuff, though. That’s why I try
and make it like home. Yeah, I think that’s
why she rummages about and tidies everything up because it’s a bit
like she’s making it homely then. Yeah. It feels nice. Yeah. Love you. Good. I love you, too. It is really nice. You going to run me a bath, yeah?
Yeah? Not too hot. No, cold. REPORTER: What are you trying to do
there? I’m trying to connect the… Be careful with the gas, Greg. Yeah. I don’t know what I’m doing. OK, I’m going
to ask someone tomorrow. I don’t know. No? Nuh-huh. Where is Rudolph, in there? No, he disappeared. Where is he? Huh? He went…? He went…?
Yeah, to the woods over there. To the park. Ah! Tsk-tsk-tsk-tsk-tsk! HE SPEAKS IN OWN LANGUAGE Tsk-tsk-tsk-tsk-tsk! HE SPEAKS IN OWN LANGUAGE Come here, come here. Come here, darling. Come here. See that? That’s what’s called
part of the family. He’s going to be happy. Yeah, that’s…that’s…that’s
ginger wine. Um…it’s kind of all right, yeah.
It’s 13.5% volume. So…we’ve got a couple of those
for tonight. I will get maybe a few hours
of sleep and that’s it, from that bottle. REPORTER: So, you’re going to sleep
here tonight? Yeah. Oh, yeah. We’re going to sleep, finally.
At least, yeah. High-five. REPORTER: Bye. GREG LAUGHS I’ve been a bit upset today.
It’s all sort of got to me
for some reason. We were in a hotel last night,
someone put us up in there and it was just…it was just,
you know, just want to cuddle, don’t you, all the time?
Just want to, you know… It happened last night and I started
crying, like I just want to come and cuddle you, like…want to be
able to cuddle in bed all the time. Everything’s, you know, just out of
reach and then the little, like… It’s all sort of teases, you know. I got somewhere warm, I’ve got hot
food for the night, I’ve got a TV. And then it’s all gone in a day. Leaving there when it’s pissing
down with rain and really cold and you’re back homeless again. All right? Hello. LOW CHATTER She’s normally pretty bubbly. It’s not very often
she has a down day. Normally, we crash together
and then it’s like World War III. No, not really. People assume because of my age,
I’ve got a home. I’ve run away from my mum and dad,
you know. It’s not true. I’ve been on my own
since a very young age, you know. I was sort of falling out
with my mum. The last straw was her making me
sleep in a garage, you know, not letting me in the house.
That was my last straw. I’ve got everything I need,
apart from a home. Do you know what I mean? I’ve got… You know, I’ve got a long,
happy life with Lance, I know that. PHONE RINGS OUT Hello. I’m in the process of
applying for my passport. It says I will need
a copy of my mother’s and my father’s birth certificates. I was just wondering how
I’d go about doing that. Oh, OK. So, I need to look up
the place where they’re born? MAN ON PHONE: Exactly, yeah.
That’s it… OK. Right, so I’ve got the wrong place. I need to look for the place
where they were born and then call their passport office. See, that’s the thing,
I don’t know where my dad was born. I don’t…I don’t know
the exact place. Um…my mum was born in Kenya, so that makes things difficult. She moved to England
when she was about seven and became a citizen here. That’s going to be problematic. I think this is where she is,
I’m not quite sure. But it matches
the description of what she told me about the place
and they have volunteers. If she’s anywhere,
it’ll be here, hopefully. I’ve sent my mum an e-mail and I’ve also sent an e-mail
to the place where I think she’s working
at the moment. Um…hopefully, I’ll get a response, but I’m not quite certain
that I will. I’m off to Hastings
to go and see my family. My mum, my brother, my nephews,
my niece and my sister. It’s my auntie’s funeral tomorrow. So I’m going to go spend the night
with them because I haven’t seen them
for months, and then I’ll go to the funeral
with them tomorrow. I’m nervous to see my niece
and nephews, as well. I’ll squeeze them half to death. Oh, this is so weird. My mum’s not very predictable. She’ll probably just hug me
and not let go for ages. My mum likes it with our hair down
because, like, being girls and stuff.
My sister’s got really long hair. I had a shower and sorted it
because, obviously, we’re in a room now,
so I don’t look homeless any more. SHE CHUCKLES Like…
MESSAGE ALERT Ha-ha! It’s a Minion phone. It was the cheapest one
I could find. Hello, mate. Yeah, I’m on the train now.
I shouldn’t be long. I’ll ring you when I’m, like,
5-10 minutes’ away. Hi, darling!
I’m on my way to see you! What’s the matter? Yeah, I’m on the train.
I won’t be long. I’ll come to Mummy’s, yeah? Oh, I want to see you, too, baby.
I won’t be long. All right. Love you. All right, bye. He says, “I want to see you”. And he doesn’t sound very happy
with me. He’s only four. Tomorrow, it will be really,
like, down and depressive because my auntie was a big part
of our family. We all loved her. I’ve been thinking about her
every day. She quite literally
is in a better place now. Because life wasn’t
that good for her. She was on the streets and stuff,
so… Hopefully she’s in a better place. Thank you. Have a good night.
Thank you. Nice! It’s more the wind. If it’s not breezy,
it’s not as cold, but it’s a really icy breeze
at the moment. My nose gets really cold. It’s in one room. It’s really warm, like, you don’t
need a blanket or anything, like, literally, just a T-shirt. I’ve got loads of nice cushions now. Like, pillows,
and we’ve got a nice new duvet. We’ve put a blanket there and I’ve
put a nice rug down next to it, so it looks like a proper bed and… Yeah, it looks amazing. I’ve got an address,
I would say now. So I don’t see why, like,
jobs and that will have a problem with me getting a job, so I’m hoping
that should be all right. WAVES CRASH BIRDSONG It doesn’t matter now, because I
don’t need any information off her. I’ve got her passport information,
that’s it. I don’t need to speak to her.
She’s in Spain somewhere. I don’t know, don’t care. She’s in her own world,
in her own bubble. Just leave her there,
at the end of the day. I left the night shelter
on the Saturday before last Saturday because I just had enough. Um…got really
pissed off with the place, got pissed off with Eastbourne. I’ve come to stay with a friend,
um…who’s pretty cool. How’s it going? Yeah, just looking
at this, er…passport thing. What’s it saying you need? I’ve got that, my mum’s details. That’s awesome.
So, what’s the next step from there? I’ve been on the streets.
I was homeless. Don’t get me wrong, it was all,
like, self-inflicted through drugs
and in and out of prison and… But, yeah, I was on the streets. I experienced it in the worst place and I really wouldn’t want
anybody else, any young girl to have to go through
what I went through. Maybe that’s why
I helped Ocean, I don’t know. Put the number in there and the date
of issue there and that’s her done. This one,
it’s the birth certificate, which took forever
to actually show up. Yeah, that’s mine. Obviously, she can stay here
until she goes off to France. And if she ever finds herself in any
trouble, she can always ring me. You need a folder.
I might find you a folder. It’s all about… at the end of the day,
saving one another, isn’t it? Simple as that. I want to go by boat
through to Dover because then I can stop off
in Folkestone because I know people in Folkestone
that I want to say goodbye to. Do that, then. And then go through
to Dover on the ferry. I’m just really,
really grateful, um…that… Yeah, it’s just a really good
situation for me, personally. You are beautiful! He’s going
to miss you when you go to France. “Where’s my little Ocean?”
THEY CHUCKLE I am going to an open mic! Let’s give Kelly
a round of applause. APPLAUSE # My lover’s… # I’ll fucking do you! Oh, come on, then! I take it you’ve had your second can
today? You do have to expect
the unexpected. Expect you could be robbed,
expect that you could be beaten up, expect you could be raped,
expect that anything, and I mean anything, could happen.