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A new film season is breaking down barriers for Disabled filmmakers

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A new film season is breaking down barriers for Disabled filmmakers

Tits weekend, the BFI Southbank will host Breaking down prejudices, a series of screenings, lectures and presentations showcasing the work of practitioners with disabilities. The program aims to create an ongoing discourse for better access for talent with disabilities to work in screen industries, and to advocate for authentic on-screen representation and off-screen leadership. All screenings will be presented with subtitles for the D / deaf and hard of hearing.

Love, directed by Jane Ashmore and starring Jules Robertson, is a prime example of what can happen when the industry avoids “cripping” (where disabled roles are played by non-disabled actors) and you get a feel for the lived experience that the actor can bring to the role. This bittersweet film tells the story of Oscar, a complex character with unique needs but the same hopes and desires as anyone. The ‘straightforward’ way Oscar’s lines are spoken may seem comical to a person who isn’t autistic, but they’re not meant to be – in that sense, the film accurately conveys how autism is often misinterpreted.

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Then, The Multi, a short film that explains how a black woman uses order in her life to hide the trauma her father inflicted on her as a child. This trauma arises when her sister’s marriage has to move to her father’s house due to the pandemic. Zoom’s conversations with her sister about her upcoming marriage capture the loneliness and isolation that comes with having your office space the same as your personal space. The film was made in semi-remote control with a team and a team mainly d / Deaf. The featured artist is Natasha Ofili, who also wrote and produced the film.

Another remotely-directed film is Aimee Victoria, a deaf and eerie love story made during the height of lockdown in 2020. It begs the question many of us have been asking since March of last year – how to celebrate virtually special occasions? For this reason, the film really strikes a chord. The answer for Aimee is to create a beautiful poem for her girlfriend, Victoria, which she performs for her as she stands on her balcony, like a deaf, modern-day queer version of “Romeo and Juliet”.

These films are freed from the stereotypes of disability that we often see on screen – we are to be pitied, feared, reduced to our disabilities like caricatures. We are complex people with our own flaws, desires and hopes, and these films portray us as such. As passionate about accurately portraying people with disabilities in movies and media, Busting the Bias feels like a true game changer.

Busting the Bias will take place at BFI Southbank from December 3-5. For more information and to book tickets, visit whatson.bfi.org.uk

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