Don McCullin's 1989 film about London's homeless

Tony Gosling tony at
Tue Jan 26 23:31:07 GMT 2010

Probably Britain's greatest living photojournalist
Outstanding report from the golden age of television

Don McCullin's 1989 film about London's homeless

Don McCullin, an internationally-regarded British photojournalist 
particularly recognised for his war photography and images of urban 
strife, examined the underside of society - the unemployed, 
downtrodden and the impoverished - in this moving 1989 film for Newsnight.

Newsnight's librarian Adam Gotch chose this film because it was one 
of the earliest examples of the programme using a famous person as 
the reporter. Don McCullin had approached Newsnight because he wanted 
to tackle the homeless problem and even though he had photographed 
many awful situations he was still deeply affected by what he found 
and his compassion is really tangible.

Originally broadcast on 24 October 1989.

more: Newsnight's librarian delves into the archive

A special programme to mark Newsnight's 30th anniversary will be 
broadcast on Saturday 23 January 2010 at 8pm on BBC Two.

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