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Part of Tees Valley International Film Festival

Last year Paul Suggitt left his home to sleep rough on the streets of Middlesbrough and Hartlepool for six weeks. He filmed his experiences to shine a light on what life on the streets is really like and the impact it can have on a person. From turf wars, violence between the homeless, violence towards the homeless, true stories from homeless people on how they manage to live day-to-day, and the reaction to the homeless from the public, Surviving Homeless gives us a stark insight into how hard life on the street can be. Paul will be here to introduce his film and take part in an in-depth interview to go into further detail about his experiences, follow up on where the people featured in the documentary are now and to tell us more about his prolific work as a filmmaker and the local people and issues that inspire his work. Paul will also be making a very special announcement that will represent great news to local amateur filmmakers.

We will also be joined by South Bank’s own Paul Venis, a man who gained his first insight into filmmaking when he contributed to the major Paul Suggitt production “Too Far, Too Soon”, a feature length documentary on the life of notorious Teesside hardman, Lee Duffy. Ironically, Paul Venis is now set to play the same gangland figure in an upcoming film. Mr Venis is also a regular on several YouTube podcasts and, as a passionate advocate of Narcotics Anonymous, he’ll be telling us how his involvement in filmmaking is helping him overcome his own battle with the disease of addiction.

The two Pauls will then take part in an audience Q&A to round off the gala screening of this greatly important documentary.

  • Seating Accessibility Information


    Seat size

    Seats in the Cinema are 45cm (172/3“) wide and 46cm (18“) deep, are 40cm (152/3“) from the floor, and have 12cm (42/3“) between seats.


    Seats in the Cinema have armrests that do not fold away, and cannot be completely removed.


    Seats in the cinema have 30cm (112/3”) of legroom in front of seats, with additional legroom on row A and seats B1-B4 and B11-B14.

    Further information

    If you have any questions about accessibility our Box Office team are always happy to help and can be contacted on 01642 525199 or by emailing [email protected] - you can also tell us about your access requirements when prompted to do so during the online booking process.