‘The Truth About Stanley’ Streaming Now – Spread The Word

We are proud to be streaming the ‘The Truth About Stanley’. This unique movie has been described by one critic as the ‘21st Century Cathy Come Home’ and has already been given a 5 star rating in The Independent on Sunday.

YouTube views are now climbing north of 10,000 and we hope that the film will achieve 1 million views across a number of platforms. Please take a look and help spread the word via Facebook, Twitter and in person.


It is a ‘Big Issue’ – New independent film challenges perceptions

It is a ‘Big Issue’ – Discover the realities of what it takes to sell the magazine in Birmingham

‘When I was in school the number one blaze or diss was “your mum/ dad sells the big issue” or “I heard you sell the Big Issue on weekends”. The reason I wanted to make this film was because I know how the younger generation look down on and speak badly about big issue vendors. I wanted to know why; what was the reason behind it? This is what we wanted to capture in our documentary.'
Daniel Newell, Film Maker

The Big Issue Foundation is pleased to announce the premier of a short documentary by independent film makers Daniel Newell and Richi Fingerz, funded by RSA Birmingham.

The film challenges young people in Birmingham to talk about their perceptions of homelessness and what it really means to try and sell the magazine to the public.


Film industry and homelessness charities join forces to raise awareness

Big names from the film industry, including acclaimed Kenyan actor Oliver Litondo, are working in an unusual partnership with charities, including The Big Issue Foundation, to open people"s eyes to homelessness through the power of film.

The Truth About Stanley, a heartfelt drama set on the streets of London, currently in post-production, will raise money for The Big Issue Foundation and homeless charity Anchor House. Its executive producers are Oscar-winning Trademark Films.

The Truth about Stanley stars Oliver Litondo, the lead from the international feature film The First Grader, 12-year-old Raif Clarke and Andrew Lee Potts, lead role in ITV"s Primeval. It was shot in five days in locations in and around central London in early December 2011.

Lucy Tcherniak, who won the 2008 Smoke and Mirrors 48 Hour Film Challenge for her film I Stood Up, has directed the 20-minute film. Lucy wrote the script for The Truth About Stanley with Neil Westley, who was runner-up in the 2011 Director"s Circle Scriptwriting Selection.


The ‘BIG Secret Pancake Party’ announced – 21 February 2012

It’s only February but the 2012 diary invitations are already stacking up! Forgive the (weak) pun – but the Big Issue Foundation just penned another date in the calendar… and you’re invited.

Samantha Scuffham, music promoter and musician, is hosting “The BIG Secret Pancake Party” on 21 February at the Macbeth pub in Shoreditch, London.

For just £2 entry, there will be pancakes galore, a choice line-up of hotly tipped performers (tba) and since the evening’s profits will be donated to the Big Issue Foundation, there’s a good sprinkling of the feel-good factor too.

The BIG Secret Pancake Party will also be filmed for a forthcoming BBC3 documentary on Hidden Homelessness, which explores the difficulties faced by young people who have nowhere permanent to live but do not qualify as statutorily homeless.  Samantha, who has been sofa surfing with friends and relatives since graduating with a music degree last year, features in the documentary – which is likely to broadcast in Spring.


Simon Callow’s reading of John Bird’s book released

‘A year before The Big Issue, Gordon Roddick and I published Dickens The Socially Mobile Cat, a story I had written that cheekily describes a cat who is ‘transmogrified. The cat, and this is the cheeky bit, is called Dickens, and goes through some of the conditions that Dickens went through when his father was put in gaol for debt. It seems timely to raise Dickens the Socially Mobile Cat from the backlist and put it before you’.
John Bird – Founder of The Big Issue and author of Dickens the socially mobile cat.

Simon Callow and Big Issue founder, John Bird MBE, share a heart felt passion for Dickens that goes back many years. Simon generously put in a strenuous day reading the work and making it dance into life.


Simon Callow in a Christmas Carol

It’s a tale of poverty and transformation and one that has played to a packed out theatre in London’s West End over Christmas.  But now, Simon Callow’s moving one-man rendition of Charles Dicken’s classic tale A Christmas Carol has helped raise funds for a vital service for Big Issue vendors.

Last week, a crowd of around 300 Big Issue supporters, vendors, and members of the public descended on London’s Arts Theatre where Callow masterfully brought to life the Victorian novella at a special show in aid of the Big Issue.

Following the event, Callow, who is Honorary Patron of the Big Issue Foundation, said, “There’s a logical link between the Big Issue and Dickens. A Christmas Carol is all about inequity in society. In these times of economic woe the story reminds us that disadvantage is not just something we should think about at Christmas, but the whole year through.”


Birmingham Night Walk announced

The Big Issue Foundation launches The Big Brum Night Walk! The Big Issue Foundation's first ever Birmingham Night Walk will take place on Friday 5th…


‘Hard Times’ Exhibition Looks for 2012 venues

The Big Issue Foundation is looking for venues to host our outstanding exhibition ‘Hard Times’ in 2012.

The show comprises a specially commissioned series of images by renowned photographer Paul Wenham-Clarke. The exhibition has already received the photography world’s highest accolade – a Gold Award from the Association of Photographers.