‘Clarissa’ the film

Welcome to the official launch page of Clarissa, a film created to improve the health of people affected by homelessness, through better understanding of their experiences. Watch the trailer now.

CONTENT WARNING: Clarissa explores themes relating to childhood abuse, drug taking and drug dependency. Should you need further support in relation to these issues, please see our support resources page for a list of organisations you can contact.

This important film aims to create change through insights within the storyline of the main character, Clarissa.

Her story is one of trauma, the importance of trust, and how this impacts someone’s experiences of healthcare. It has been woven together from real experiences of people trying to access the healthcare system while facing homelessness in the UK.

Clarissa was made by Chris Godwin from Inner Eye Productions in collaboration with Groundswell; screenwriter and producer Jimmy McGovern also served as a story consultant on the film. It has been funded by Wellcome Trust.

Support resources

Clarissa explores themes relating to childhood abuse, drug taking and drug dependency.

Should you need further support in relation to these issues, click here for a list of organisations you can contact.

Join the conversation

To mark the launch of the film for wider use, Ideas Alliance is thrilled to team up with Groundswell to present a series of live, regional screenings followed by a discussion panel/Q&A.

Clarissa is a fictional film created in collaboration people who have lived experience of homelessness. It is not intended to be viewed as best practice, but instead open up the conversation about the barriers to accessing healthcare faced by people who are experiencing homelessness, and potential solutions to these.

Post-screening discussions will give attendees opportunity to reflect on the issues voiced in the film and consider how small changes in practice or policy could create healthcare systems and experiences that work better for everyone.

Virtual tour dates

Each virtual screening session will feature regional panellists. However all sessions are open to everyone, no matter where you’re based. If you have any issues registering, please email [email protected] who will be happy to help. 

London & South East England – Friday 8 October 2021, 3pm

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North East England & Yorkshire – Monday 11 October 2021, 3pm

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North West England – Tuesday 12 October 2021, 10am

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Midlands – Wednesday 13 October 2021, 10am

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East England – Monday 18 October 2021, 3pm

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South West England – Tuesday 19 October 2021, 10am

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Wales – Wednesday 20 October 2021, 3pm

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Scotland – Thursday 21 October 2021, 3pm

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Northern Ireland – Friday 22 October 2021, 10am

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