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(Gawker)   Journalist and filmmaker who immersed himself in homelessness for story research strays just a little too far into method-acting territory   (gawker.com) divider line 114
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2013-04-05 05:20:53 PM
www.austrianbeer.co.uk

Stay frosty, Newcastle.
 
2013-04-05 05:21:02 PM

Mimic_Octopus: Froze to death ? in a hostel ? BS. Gimme a break.  crack or smack OD.  $50 says so.  takers ?


That's sort of what I was thinking too. I thought "method acting" in the headline was a pun, and expected to hear about a guy that accidentally got hooked on meth.

/He just laid down and froze to death? Really?
 
2013-04-05 05:21:17 PM
The people in Newcastle that have homes are already horrible, I can't even imagine how vile their homeless are.
 
2013-04-05 05:21:37 PM
Dark Days is a pretty darn good documentary of homeless folks living underground in NYC.  The filmmaker lived with them for most of the filming and the homeless folks helped him with many of the shots.  Plus the movie is scored by the legendary DJ Shadow.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjjQJipwSxQ
 
2013-04-05 05:21:43 PM
Meanwhile, the smart kids are doing a documentary about not being homeless drug addicts.
 
2013-04-05 05:22:36 PM

downstairs: borg: So did he OD or was he murdered? homeless & addicts are fairly territorial and don't like outsiders in their space.

Froze to death allegedly.


"Are You Smart Enough to Be A Homeless Person?"

His answer is "no."

Journalism degree..... heh.
 
2013-04-05 05:22:43 PM

Phoenix_M: There's no proof he froze to death only speculation.


I know, I'm just being an ass.
 
2013-04-05 05:23:02 PM

hitlersbrain: Maybe should have waited until it got warm enough not to kill him? That's a lot of hubris thinking you will learn all the ropes of a whole new lifestyle AND survive in harsh weather at the same time.


You should have thought of that before you invaded Russia.
 
2013-04-05 05:27:02 PM
A local report on it. My home town...
Film-maker dies while creating documentary about living on the streets
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/local-news/film-maker-dies-creat in g-documentary-living-2519352
A film-maker has died while creating a documentary about sleeping rough on the streets.
 
2013-04-05 05:27:08 PM
How do you become a journalist?
 
2013-04-05 05:27:11 PM
drugs.
 
2013-04-05 05:29:52 PM
So I'm guessing the Republican ideal of being homeless and getting all those free government handouts isn't all it's cracked up to be.
 
2013-04-05 05:30:28 PM

PowerSlacker: One less useless liberal arts master's student on the planet.


Proper philosophy majors go to UC Santa Cruz, or so I've heard.
 
2013-04-05 05:30:31 PM

Point02GPA: How do you become a journalist?


You need to have a B.S. in something.
 
2013-04-05 05:31:14 PM

BarkingUnicorn: Hope his camera was running, this would make a nice snuff film.


Allow me to add a non sequitur about The Hunger Games in which the characters talk about how the simulated environments of the Games always had firewood because the Panem people discovered, from previous games, that dying from hypothermia was not entertaining enough for viewers.

That little bit didn't make it into the movie.

/That's it for the teen pop culture hijack.  Enjoy your regular scheduled thread.
//It really is terrible what happened to that guy.  Condolences to his family and friends.
 
2013-04-05 05:32:25 PM

darth_badger: He should have started being a bum in Austin and worked up to something harder.


There are no openings in Congress right now.
 
2013-04-05 05:33:27 PM
Bikkurikin- haddaway and shiate.
 
2013-04-05 05:33:45 PM

Dog Welder: So I'm guessing the Republican ideal of being homeless and getting all those free government handouts isn't all it's cracked up to be.


The Republicans don't mind if you're homeless, as long as you're homeless in Great Britain.
 
2013-04-05 05:37:37 PM
"He made the ultimate sacrifice trying to raise awareness about what was happening to other people,"

I'm sure there are plenty of worthy causes that the general public needs to be made aware of.  Homelessness is not one of them.  We are all already aware of what it means to be homeless.  The only "ultimate sacrifice" this guy made was due to his own poor judgement and ignorance.
 
2013-04-05 05:39:50 PM
www.troll.me
 
2013-04-05 05:40:45 PM

No Time To Explain: I feel no pity for somebody who accepted their Darwin Award

/seriously though, don't go about method acting homelessness
//help those who ARE homeless, you moran


^THIS
He wasn't trying to help, he was trying to get a spot in Channel 4's highly competitive Investigative Journalism Program.  He was trying to show them he had done a "fearless" investigation in the past.  This needs to go full circle with his family suing Channel 4 for causing him to do this as part of a job application.
 
2013-04-05 05:41:06 PM

Danger Avoid Death: Dog Welder: So I'm guessing the Republican ideal of being homeless and getting all those free government handouts isn't all it's cracked up to be.

The Republicans don't mind if you're homeless, as long as you're homeless in Great Britain.


Republicans are truly responsible for this dumbass freezing himself in the U.K.
 
2013-04-05 05:47:41 PM

Delay: SlothB77: I just don't believe Newcastle reached temps that could support freezing to death for a healthy 20-something male.

This is correct. In my twenties I slept in snow many times in a sleeping bag while camping. No wind, and you're dry, it's not bad at all. An unheated building would have been luxury.

He had a sleeping bag. He was in a building. I really don't believe this story.


To be fair, just because he had a sleeping bag doesn't mean he was smart enough to use it, particularly if the day had been warm with the sun heating the building  before temps dropped off at night
 
2013-04-05 05:47:48 PM

MemeSlave: [trevormeers.files.wordpress.com image 552x320]


I, Hatchet Jack, being of sound mind and broke legs, do leaveth my rifle to the next thing who finds it, Lord hope he be a white man. It is a good rifle, and kilt the bear that kilt me. Anyway, I am dead. Sincerely, Hatchet Jack.
 
2013-04-05 05:47:50 PM
Was there a rope or something else cutting off his breathing on the body? Was he in a closet?
 
2013-04-05 05:49:48 PM

seek3r: To be fair, just because he had a sleeping bag doesn't mean he was smart enough to use it, particularly if the day had been warm with the sun heating the building before temps dropped off at night


Don't think so. If you go and ask friends for a sleeping bag, you intend to use it.
 
2013-04-05 05:51:54 PM

muck4doo: Danger Avoid Death: Dog Welder: So I'm guessing the Republican ideal of being homeless and getting all those free government handouts isn't all it's cracked up to be.

The Republicans don't mind if you're homeless, as long as you're homeless in Great Britain.

Republicans are truly responsible for this dumbass freezing himself in the U.K.


Well, sort of. I blame the friendship between Reagan and Thatcher. It was the beginning of the slide down the slippery slope.
 
2013-04-05 05:53:09 PM
he showed us
 
2013-04-05 05:54:50 PM

toraque: Silly wannabe, you can't decide to be a true connoisseur of hobo life, just like that.  You have to work up to it.  Start small, maybe with a bit of PTSD and substance abuse, and then gently move onto screaming bouts at random strangers and masturbation on public transport or in libraries.  Only once you've mastered those can you brave -20 degree nights with just smelly newspaper insulation and strained sterno to drink.  The lifestyle will take a lot out of you, if you don't work your way into it carefully.


Why strain the sterno?
 
2013-04-05 05:55:40 PM

hammettman: Officials don't expect foul play.

How about cold play?


NOBODY expects Coldplay! Surprise is our chief weapon...surprise and trite music......

/I'll come in again
 
2013-04-05 05:58:14 PM

Delay: seek3r: To be fair, just because he had a sleeping bag doesn't mean he was smart enough to use it, particularly if the day had been warm with the sun heating the building before temps dropped off at night

Don't think so. If you go and ask friends for a sleeping bag, you intend to use it.


Could also have been one of those crappy "my kid needs this to sleep over at their friend's house" type sleeping bags, not rated for cold

Could have been other factors too, you can get hypothermia rather easily, it doesn't require literally turning into an icicle, particularly with some underlying medical conditions
 
2013-04-05 06:03:42 PM
Ironically, his death will do more to raise awareness of the conditions homeless live in, than his ill conceived homeless tourism article ever would.
 
2013-04-05 06:10:10 PM

PedanticSimpleton: Ironically, his death will do more to raise awareness of the conditions homeless live in, than his ill conceived homeless tourism article ever would.


No it won't, people die in the streets everyday  and few people care. He'll soon be forgotten like the rest.
 
2013-04-05 06:13:04 PM

MemeSlave: [trevormeers.files.wordpress.com image 552x320]


He had one fine rifle.
 
2013-04-05 06:16:05 PM
He should have stayed with Claire.  At least that way he'd still be alive.

He'd be a better-lookin' color, I can tell you that!
 
2013-04-05 06:17:54 PM
A filmmaker playing homeless, and no 'Sullivan's Travels' reference?

I am disappoint.
 
2013-04-05 06:19:42 PM
He probably ran into Biffa Bacon and spilled his pint.
 
2013-04-05 06:25:24 PM

Point02GPA: How do you become a journalist?


How is journnalist formed?
 
2013-04-05 06:26:29 PM
 
2013-04-05 06:27:40 PM

Delay: SlothB77: I just don't believe Newcastle reached temps that could support freezing to death for a healthy 20-something male.

This is correct. In my twenties I slept in snow many times in a sleeping bag while camping. No wind, and you're dry, it's not bad at all. An unheated building would have been luxury.

He had a sleeping bag. He was in a building. I really don't believe this story.


It's really not that hard to die of hypothermia if you are cold and have taken any CNS depressant. Alcohol plus walking home in the snow gets a handful every year.
 
2013-04-05 06:27:55 PM
He should have brought some coals.
 
2013-04-05 06:30:35 PM
So while trying to be all artsy and get accepted into some program, he completely darwins himself, and takes two innocent drug dealers down with him.  Such a shame.
 
2013-04-05 06:31:17 PM

Nasty_McFilth: hammettman: Officials don't expect foul play.

How about cold play?

I would probably die if I had to listen to Coldplay for any period of time.


beautiful..
 
2013-04-05 06:47:16 PM

Hassan Ben Sobr: He should have brought some coals.


Here's an Abergavenny for you.  Don't blow it on a stupid little John Major.
 
2013-04-05 06:49:40 PM

Mimic_Octopus: Froze to death ? in a hostel ? BS. Gimme a break.  crack or smack OD.  $50 says so.  takers ?


I got 50$ says he got beat to death in a fight with another hobo over a half eaten ham sandwich. Makes it to his bed before he kicks it
 
2013-04-05 06:50:13 PM
Tim Treadwell is unimpressed:

loveandlichen.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-04-05 06:50:55 PM
images3.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-04-05 06:58:24 PM
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2013-04-05 07:06:17 PM
Folks: we do know he called his friends asking for a sleeping bag.
We do NOT know if they ever got it to him.
 
2013-04-05 07:11:51 PM

asmodeus224: So yea, OD

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/9974349/Two-arrested-after -f ilm-maker-researching-homelessness-documentary-is-found-dead.html

Mystery solved.


They were arrested on drug charges, not on suspected murder.
 
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