Film & Disability <br />Event 2008

Film & Disability
Event 2008

Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 April,
The Courtyard Hereford
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Organised in partnership with DASh (Disability Arts in Shropshire) the Film and Disability Event has become a regular fixture at Borderlines, with audiences growing each year. This year one of our main features will be presentations by Oskar Bright, the first film festival to be led by learning disabled people, as it goes 'on the road'.

Wednesday 9 April 2.00pm
The Courtyard, Hereford

A two hour master class on film making, led by the Oska Bright steering committee with support from Carousel and Junk TV, for people with learning disabilities who want to develop their skills as film makers along with their facilitators and supporters.

Thursday 10 April, 10:00 - 10:30
The Courtyard, Hereford

The Trials of Little Red Riding Hood

UK, 2007, Tony Gammidge and Jess Mackenzie, 20 mins

Who is guilty in this re-examination of the popular fairytale? About Face Theatre Company from Leominster and filmmaker Tony Gammidge create a sinister collage of sound, imagery and improvised performances that is both humorous and thought provoking. The director and film-makers will be on hand to present their film.

10.30 - 10.50

The Shorts

Featuring a selection of intriguing and very different shorts from disabled groups and film-makers from all around the UK. The Group of Gardeners from Arty Party's Telford based performance group hints at the stories that lurk just below the surface, how these stories bring us together, but also keep us apart. Murder at the Manor by National Deaf Children's Society in Northern Ireland is a five minute film rollercoaster of fun based on a Cluedo-style murder mystery with a modern twist, made by a group of deaf children. The martial arts action thriller Stranger Hero by Shoot Your Mouth Off, features the world's first kung-fu superhero with Down's Syndrome, designed to make young people think twice before dismissing disabled people.

11.00 - 11.40 Session 1
11.50 - 12.30 Session 2
11.50 - 12.30 Lunch Break
1.30 - 2.10 Session 3

Oska Bright 'On the Road'

Oska Bright is the first film festival anywhere in the world to be run by, and for, people with a learning disability. It is now four years old and is bigger and better than ever! Oska Bright 'on the road' will show a selection from the 2007 Oska Bright Film Festival. This includes an enormous, exciting and inspiring range of short films - films that will make you laugh until your sides hurt and other films that stretch your emotions the other way until you weep because you can't do anything else! There are documentaries, dramas, animations and dance films, all created by film makers with learning disabilities - a unique look at a cultural minority using film to express their diversity and power. The films will be presented in three sessions:

2.10 - 2.55

Who's Who with Tanya Raabe

Tanya Raabe, a leading disabled artist sets out to explore and challenge the notion of portraiture using disability aesthetics and visual language. She made a wide-ranging collection of portraits of established and newly emerging disabled artists known for their pioneering stance in a society that uses perfection, beauty and normality as a "must have". The resulting film shows the work cut against interviews with the artists as they describe their own development and artistic criteria and together shape disability arts into an arts movement in its own right.

Tanya will lead a discussion on art films with Dr Paul Darke, academic and disabled artist as guest speaker.

3.00 - 3.20 Tea Break



Special People (PG)

Director: Justin Edgar
Starring: Dominic Coleman, Robyn Frampton, Sasha Hardway, Jason Maza,
UK, 2007, 1 hour 20 minutes

This hilarious comedy will make you laugh, cry and cringe. Jasper is a filmmaker on the verge of a nervous breakdown whose last hopes of making a great cinematic masterpiece lie with a group of disabled teenagers at a run down community centre. Jasper aims to make a truthful film from the young people's own experiences. In the end however, the kids have a different idea about the film they want to make and the reality of their lives. Special People is the first UK feature film to boast an ensemble cast of disabled actors.

The director, Justin Edgar and actress Robyn Frampton will take part in a discussion after the screening

All films with BSL interpretation, Hearing Loop

Oska Bright 'On the Road' is audio described

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