The Truth About Stanley

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The Truth About Stanley tells the story of an unlikely friendship between an old Congolese man and a young runaway living rough on the streets. It is a story about friendship, loss, and the way in which we choose to deal with personal trauma. For Stanley, what he lacks in material possessions, he makes up for with his vivid imagination and an insatiable desire to tell stories.

This unique film, which premiered at the Rich Mix cinema in Shoreditch on April 2nd 2012, stars award-winning Kenyan actor Oliver Litondo and 12-year-old British actor Raif Clarke and has been described by one critic as the ‘21st-century Cathy Come Home’. We hope that the film will achieve 1 million views across a number of platforms, so please take a look and help spread the word.

The short film funded by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is by award-winning director Lucy Tcherniak, produced in association with Trademark Films. Just about everyone involved gave their time for free, including Radiohead and Mumford and Sons who contributed to the soundtrack of the film.

Producer, Tom Clark, says “It’s been quite a weird mix, with film-makers, corporate sponsors and charities all on board, but everyone has been very driven to help raise the profile of homelessness. I hope this film will give people the nudge they need to think about how we solve this problem.”

Anchor House Director, Keith Fernett, says, “We need to dispell the stigma surrounding homelessness and this film could very well be a powerful tool. People need to realise that despite who we are or where we started out in life, anyone of us could be at risk of being homeless.”

“We are very grateful to be part of this project and for all of the support being given to our charity.”

All money raised from the film will go to Anchor House and The Big Issue Foundation. Details of how to donate can be found below.

How to Donate

Text STANLEY2, 3 or 6 to 70300 to give £2, £3 OR £6 to The Truth About Stanley fund.

Donations will be deducted from your mobile phone bill plus your standard network rate for one text message.

Donations can also be made via our Just Giving page.

Your donation will help the homeless to turn their lives around.

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