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||IMDB Rating: 8.2/10 from 1,008 votes
||Release: 1984 (USA) /
||Director: Martin Bell,
||Stars: Baby Gramps, Dewayne Pomeroy, Erin Blackwell, Kim, Lillie, Lou Ellen Couch, Munchkin, Patti, Rat, Roberta Joseph Hayes, Shadow, Shellie, Tom Waits
||Synopsis: Portrays the lives of nine desperate teenagers. Thrown too young into a seedy grown up world, these runaways and castaways survive, but just barely. Rat, the dumpster diver. Tiny, the teen prostitute. Shellie, the baby-faced blonde. DeWayne, the hustler. All old beyond their years. All underage survivors fighting for life and love on the streets of downtown Seattle. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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'STREETWISE' the documentary film
Director & Cameraman: Martin Bell
Sound Recordist: Luther Keith Desmond
The rest of the credits are on the 'Streetwise' web site.
Recently, someone mentioned '
Didn't you have summat to do with
.' This prompted me to look through the Streetwise website
for the first time. I was more than a trifle surprised to find, there's
a whole raft of you out there believe this remarkable film was
'scripted.' As the only soundman on the streets of Seattle during the
filming of Streetwise, had there been a script, it would have been
necessary for me to have a copy. There was no script - period.
The relationship between Dewayne and his father was later developed
into a story by Peter Silverman. Martin Bell, Mary Ellen Mark and Peter
Silverman wrote a screenplay, which became the 1992 movie 'American
Heart' directed by Martin Bell.
Cheryl McCall, who is down as the writer on the website, is most
certainly a writer, and also the credited producer of Streetwise. The
entire film was inspired by an article in Life magazine (1983) entitled
'Streets of the Lost'- text by Cheryl McCall, photographs by Mary Ellen
Mark. All of the action on the street and all of the dialogue in the
film is that of the kids. How do I know? Well I recorded the stuff.
No-one could write dialogue that good.
Some have thought 'Streetwise' was too beautifully filmed to be a
documentary. For the UK television audience, the quality of the images
in Streetwise was standard documentary TV in the early 80's. I only
mention this, as the crew shooting 'Streetwise' were Limey's. Martin
and I had worked together for fifteen years - cutting our teeth on
documentaries shot for UK television.
The Limey factor proved to be a stumbling block at the outset. The kids
on Pike Street were confused by the accents of two bearded characters,
unable to speak American properly, and it took us two to three weeks to
convince them we were not the CIA. In two and a half months we shot
close on 50 hours of film. This is normal for obtaining enough content
to give the editor a chance of constructing a truthful account.
Some of you on the web indicate disbelief as to how some sequences were
gathered, indicating a possibility of manipulating the contributors.
The only manipulation of any contributor was administered by myself, in
placing radio microphones on the characters involved. It could also be
argued that it was manipulation to put a radio microphone on Tiny in
her prison cell, prior to filming the visit by Rat. Likewise, with
Dewayne's father, also in jail. If this was manipulation, I stand
guilty as charged. This was the only way I could gather dialogue from
Many have expressed dismay or doubt, about the Coke can on the coffin
of Dewayne. This was not orchestrated by the crew, simply a forgetful
gesture by a father, out of jail for the day for the funeral,
distraught at his failure towards his son. What you do not see in this
scene is Dewayne's father giving his son a drink of coke from that can.
Some of you may be unaware of the dedication and involvement of the
film editor and the editing crew. The skill, sensitivity and integrity
of editor Nancy Baker and her sharp shooter assistant, Jonathan
Oppenheim is overwhelming. These people make my stuff 'sound' good, and
they gave us a memorable film.
I cannot offer you hopeful news on most of the street kids in Seattle,
I only wish I could.
The last I heard was that Tiny (Erin) had now given birth to eight
children and is about to give birth to her ninth.
Lulu was killed by street kids, without provocation. Over 300 attended
Shadow is now working in construction in Seattle.
Munchkin is a chef in a Seattle restaurant.
Patti died of AIDS.
Kim married a Navy Seal and has a child.
Rat, could be almost anywhere.
The rest, Dawn, Shellie, Lillie, I know nothing of.
Someone asked, who sang 'Teddy Bears picnic?' this was not Tom Waits,
but a street musician in Seattle known as 'Baby Gramps' wasn't he
Luther Keith Desmond Sound Recordist London. U.K. November 2004
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, Dewayne Pomeroy
, Erin Blackwell
, Lou Ellen Couch
, Roberta Joseph Hayes
, Tom Waits
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