Every night across Australia over 22,000 young people have nowhere to sleep. Filmed over two years, this documentary follows Captain Paul Moldes of the Oasis Youth Network who has dedicated his life to saving them. With scenes that some viewers may find disturbing and frequent course language, this film tries to stay true to reality and accurately reflect life on the streets.
Darren is the kind of kid the world has written off. Abandoned by his mother at 8, bashed into intensive care by his foster carers at 10, he spiraled into drug addiction and has lived hard on the street for over a decade. But since he turned up on the doorstep of OASIS, a grimy red-brick youth refuge in inner-city Sydney, with nowhere else to go, one person has been there for him around the clock: Captain Paul Moulds.
Father figure, counselor, savior, and an orphan himself, Paul is nothing short of a legend amongst kids like Darren, who stumble into OASIS at breaking point. No story is too horrific, no circumstance too dire, no kid too damaged. During his chaotic 25 years of service he has helped hundreds of young people deal with unspeakable childhood traumas, chronic drug addictions, mental illnesses, and all of street-life’s other dramas.
Paul is present at the birth of new babies and there to conduct the funerals of those who self-destruct prematurely. On the wall of his cluttered office in which many kids have found temporary salvation hangs his life’s mission statement: “I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell”.
Watch the full documentary now (playlist – 1 hour, 28 minutes)