Film & Disability Day:
Disability as You've Never Seen It

Thursday 29 10.00am
The Courtyard Hereford
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Borderlines is pleased to present our third annual event focusing on film and disability in partnership with DASh (Disability Arts in Shropshire)

10:00am - 10:30am

Contact Course @ Herefordshire College of Art and Design

Screenings of inventive Digital Stories produced by members of this access course for students with learning difficulties, followed by Ben, a drama of friendship between two students - one with Down's syndrome and one without

11.30am - 11.50am Tea Break

11:50am - 1.00pm

Paul Darke - From Freak to Normalised

Paul Darke, a leading academic on disability and film, takes us on a visually stimulating wander through some cinematic wonders on disability: from the freak to the normalised. Disability as a cinematic concept is revealed in all its despair, glory and cliches. Naming names: Paul Darke reveals the crimes against cinema perpetuated in the name of the crippled!


10:30am - 11:30am

The Shorts

A selection of intriguing shorts from disabled groups and film-makers from around the country: Telford's Arty Party adult group's I Saw A Girl - about love, freedom and the joy of dance; Dolly Sen - life as a side effect, a survivor made film about the effects of psychosis and medication on quality of life; Aye Aye Captain, a stop frame animation from the Oska Bright programme made by learning disabled filmmakers; Neil Webber's UK Film Council animation on the sorry effects of face pulling, Phizog (pictured); Reeling, an essential guide made by young people with learning disabilities on how to make a short film; and two short films by internationally acclaimed writer/performer Sean Burns.

1.00pm - 2.00pm Lunch Break

2.00pm - 3.00pm

Liz Crow Shorts

Liz Crow is a writer-director and founder of Roaring Girl Productions, a creative media projects company based in Bristol. Passionate about storytelling, she is drawn to the power of film, audio and text to trigger change. Her work has screened at many festivals around the world, winning various awards along the way. Liz is currently exploring ways of combining creative work and activism, thanks to a NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) fellowship.


3.05pm - 4.45pm

Sex and Disability

Havana Marking will present her boundary breaking documentary The Crippendales (pictured), following Lee Kemp as he realises his dream to become a stripper. Recently runner up in 'The Sexiest Man in Yorkshire Competition', Lee, paralysed from the waist down, is determined to get on stage and do the full Monty. If he can organise the first disabled strip group - the Crippendales - the best stripping troupe in the country, the Adonis Cabaret, have agreed to give him a slot in their show. Described by UK disability groups as a "breakthrough", Havana won the funding for The Crippendales through the Channel 4 Pitch scheme for new talent.

Claire Fisher will introduce her work in this field and show examples from the BBC series Desirability that looks at sex and disability with a special emphasis on the role of sexual healer.

Tanya Raabe, a well known National Disabled Artist whose artwork has a strong focus on sexuality and disability, will lead the discussion on sexuality and disability in film.

4.45pm - 5.30pm Tea Break



Time Bandits (PG)

Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: John Cleese, Sean Connery,
David Rappaport, Michael Palin
UK, 1981, 1 hour 53 minutes

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An extraordinarily inventive fantasy in which a schoolboy is rescued from a dull suburban existence by six small bandits who have stolen a secret map from their employer, the Supreme Being. They whisk him off on a madcap journey through time and space, taking him on a whistle stop tour of great moments in history - Ancient Rome, Robin Hood, Napoleon, the Titanic - showing the eternal clash between good and evil, Monty Python-style. Gilliam directs with a breathless ingenuity, filling the screen with bizarre images. The film that made his reputation and the only film ever made to feature six small actors as the principal leads.

Neil Webber, animator and lecturer at Hereford Art College will be presenting Time Bandits, one of his all time favourite films. Director Terry Gilliam has been a major influence on Neil's work.

All films with BSL interpretation

Funded by The Eveson Charitable Trust

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