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One Life, coming soon to cinemas

May 24 2009
The Rock Trust hopes to secure more funding for a movie about being young and homeless in Edinburgh A group of young homeless people in Edinburgh have made a movie about their experiences. One Life tells the story of vulnerable Lothian youth who do not have a roof over their heads. It follows one main character, Bobby, played by Robert McDowall. The 21-year-old now lives in his own flat, but relied on hostel accommodation for over three years. Talking about his time on the streets, he says: "It's quite scary, to be honest, because you don't ken what's going to happen from one day to the next. You're just trying to find somewhere where you feel secure and safe. I didn't like moving about so much; it just caused so many other hassles." The movie warns that homelessness can happen to anyone - and that a downward spiral of law-breaking, violence, and drug-taking can all too often be the norm. Homeless charity the Rock Trust is behind the film and its youth workers say they have noticed real changes amongst those involved in the project. Youth worker Scott Christie said: "Confidence is one of these things that we talk about quite a lot at the Rock Trust. These young people have come up - most of whom don't have any acting experience or film-making experience - and made this film and are happy to show it to a cinema full of people. So I think that says a lot about how far they've come." The Rock Trust hopes to secure more funding by showing the movie to potential sponsors in the next few weeks.