Programme: Day 8 Doc Media Month


Had a visit from Leicester’s Mr Camera himself…. Lucio Marraffa ……he loved the Doc Media Centre window display and donated a 16mm film for my projector.

Lucio Marraffa (R)
c. Nathaniel Parker

Join us at the Y Theatre tonight from 6pm for this 7th Leicester Docfilm Festival documentary film screening in support of the Homeless Film Festival 2016.



Joshua Francis – a musician who knew several people featured in the documentary – entertained us with a small selection of songs before the screening.

‘Poison Flower’ (60 min) – “Gundega, a Latvian former prison officer, is on the run from a drugs possession charge. Surviving on benefits paydays in a makeshift camp in the woods in Harlow in the UK, she befriends Melanie, a local heroin user and ex-con, mourning the death of her Latvian boyfriend. Their friendship provides each of them with something they crave: for Gundega, it is someone to care for, for Melanie, it is a genuine friend among all the ‘scumbags’. But trouble is never far away.


Drowning in a co-dependent, vicious downward spiral, can Latvia now offer a dream escape for both of them from their punch-drunk, giro-junkie street life, or will Gundega’s past finally catch up with her?”

Watch the trailer – Poison Flower

The screening is followed by Q&A with the Director, Christopher Michael-Tew and The Y’s Housing Director Anna Maudsley.

Joshua Francis (l) & Christopher Michael-Tew, the Poison Flower film Director.
Local media student, Cameron Savage captures images from the film screening including the Q&A.

‘Live’ music by singer/songwriter Joshua Francis including a song co-written with Mel from the documentary.

The Homeless Film Festival is a national festival that screens high-end films from around the world, all of which address homelessness or are made by homeless people.


Ticket donations will support The Y’s Youth Homelessness Campaign – Tickets on the door (Pay what you decide £ donation)

The Y event brochure Sept 2016-Jan 2017.

6-8pm Y Theatre, 7 East Street, Leicester LE1 6EY.


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