“My life’s been all or nothing...” • “Maybe you have to go through hell...” • “Life judges you, doesn’t it?” 

Putting clients and their voices at the heart of everything we do is one of the founding principles of FLICand our series of intimate short films are no exception. 

The lives of our clients have often been traumatic and challenging, and with little (often no) intervention and support from services early on, they are disadvantaged from the offset. Too often our clients’ voices and those experiencing multiple disadvantage are ignored, dismissed, and misunderstood. People who encounter multiple disadvantages are those experiencing several overlapping problems simultaneously such as mental ill-health, homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, offending, domestic abuse/violence, and family breakdown. To shine the light on our clients and their voices we turned to the emotive persuasion of theatre and film. 

Last year, for the launch of Multiple Disadvantage Day, we were proud to present the stories of three clients in a unique performance delivered by theatre company Ice & FireTo help us share their stories further we filmed each performance and to our delight, Julie’s film won the best community short film at the Iris Prize Film Festival 2019. 

In celebration of Multiple Disadvantage Day 2020 we're excited to share the stories of Julie, James and Laura. 

Julie 

Julie's autobiographic book would be titled F -dash dash dash - ing UN-believable, because you couldn’t make it up. From witnessing domestic abuse and being a victim of sexual abuse as a child to surviving a nasty car crash, Julie's journey is testament to her strength and character. 


Laura 

Mother of one Laura, was brought up in Iran before the revolution, and can't imagine a more beautiful place. Laura's always loved children and was left distraught after her child was taken into custody. Dealing with the loss of her child and schizoaffective disorder has been a battle. However, more recently her passion for art is providing a release and peace of mind. 


For more information about multiple disadvantage and the effects, it has on people's lives, head over to Multiple Disadvantage Day online. #seethefullpicture