Once upon a time, buying a home was easier and would provide the homeowner with a safe place and peace of mind. In the present day, economics has changed everything regarding buying or renting a home, leaving many with shattered dreams and homeless. Under Cover is an extremely informative and alarming documentary examining the fastest-growing social group facing homelessness- women over 55.
Viewers are introduced to various Australian women, each with a powerful journey and testimony to share. Along with deep and personal insights from these women, the film gives in-depth statistics regarding the current situation relating to homelessness within Australia. Naturally, each stat revealed alone is saddening. Adding to these statistics is an investigation into the disastrous after-effects of Covid19. When the pandemic hit, people were told to stay indoors; however, when you are homeless, what do you do? Or perhaps, even when you are home indoors, how can you work to pay your rent?
The interviews with the Australian women include an immigrant, a survivor of abuse, an ex-professional in advertising and many more. These women have remained quiet about their situations and past for many years. Each interview is different; some stories are sad, while others are touching, uplifting, and encouraging. It’s impossible to watch this film and not say a prayer or have a moment where your heart goes out to the various people, given their present situation.
Actress Margot Robbie narrates this documentary, bringing a welcoming presence. But sadly, her dialogue throughout feels wooden, as if the actress is reading a script. Interviews and pacing are generally great; however, some interviews continue far longer than required. Do we need to see how someone disposes of their scraps after cooking their meal to deliver an impacting story? Not really.
As an audience, you may disagree with some of the women’s reasoning for the various paths they chose. Regardless of where the audiences’ opinions lie, the documentary still raises a concern and an alarming message that many people across Australia need urgent help. Many others may also face the same path if things don’t change. This feature doesn’t look at how to correct things, though, instead being more aimed at raising awareness of the many ongoing problems that people suffer from, including homelessness, mental health and domestic violence.
Overall, this is a documentary that raises strong awareness about homelessness, mental health, and domestic violence in Australia. The film and its interviews can be uplifting and encouraging to those who may also be going through similar challenges in the present day. Unfortunately, the narration from Margot Robbie was extremely wooden throughout this feature. Each interview differs from the other, and you can’t help but say a prayer or feel for the many struggling individuals. Some interviews consist of opinions that viewers may disagree with, such as politics, and other interviews go on far longer than what I felt was ideal. However, one extremely clear point is there’s still plenty of work to be done, and many people still need help. The future of the next generation is in our hands. Under Cover (2022) is Available in Australian Cinemas from October 6th.