Oxford Human Rights Festival screening: Hector

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Oxford Human Rights Festival screening: Hector

Who this event is for

  • Everyone
  • Public
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JHB Main Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus


A portrait of an invisible man and an authentic account of homelessness within contemporary Britain, Hector McAdam is at once a powerful character study and an insight into the lives of those on the margins. The film takes a warm but unflinching look at the realities of homelessness on the move, through a tale of alienation and heartwarming reconciliation.

Hector has been living around the motorways with transient friends for years. After so long on the move, he hopes to have left his past far behind. Our story follows his annual pilgrimage, on the roads and in the cities, from Scotland to a shelter in London to be with his temporary Christmas family . But his clock is ticking and he is compelled to try to reconnect with his real family he last saw 15 years before. During his Homeric journey through Newcastle and Liverpool, his luck runs out. Finally arriving in London, and the sanctuary of the shelter, the story of how Hec came to be leading a marginal life begins to emerge.

Peter Mullans masterful performance brings us face to face with the stark reality that the only difference between you, me, and a man like Hector, is a mere twist of fate.

With a Q&A with the Writer and Director Jake Gavin.

Further information on the Human Rights Festival.