As a former PR maven and wife of the one-time head of the Seven and Nine networks, Skye Leckie is used to doors opening for her all over Sydney. Sleeping in doorways, though, is a new experience.
“I’m not trying to dramatise it but it was really hard work,” the socialite and charity fundraiser says of the 10 days she spent on the streets for the SBS documentary series Filthy Rich & Homeless. “And because of that, the emotions are still pretty raw.”
Leckie and her four fellow participants – actor-broadcaster Cameron Daddo, author Benjamin Law, politician and activist Alex Greenwich and Instagram star Alli Simpson – shot the series in Sydney in March. Deprived of money, phones, support networks and routine, they experienced, albeit briefly and with a camera crew in tow, the various types of homelessness that are increasingly common in Australia.
The series will air over three nights next month, followed by a live special discussing homelessness and possible solutions to it. “Thank God we’ve got SBS,” she says.
Leckie was motivated to do the series because she thought it would help “shine a light on it”, though she admits she had little sense of the scale of the problem when she signed on.
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