1st UK Disability Film Festival Day 3rd December 2010


Disability Film Festival Day 3rd December 2010 across the UK

DASH, one of the UK’s supported by ScreenWM, are proud to present the 1st UK Disability Film
Festival Day on the International Day of Disabled People: 3rd December 2010.
All films are subtitled.

The Festival is also supported by Oska Bright, the Media Archive for Central England (MACE), The Eveson Charitable Trust, The Elmley Foundation and the BBC. Full details of all films are available on www.disabilityfilmfestival.eu or DASH’s website at www.dasharts.org

Many venues will be adding extra events: seminars, workshops, presentations, interviews with filmmakers and even ‘how to direct a film’ workshops. Go to the website of the festival or the venue for more details. Please be sure to check out each venue’s own website as times, some screenings may vary.

There are 4 screenings throughout the day*.

Session 1 - Morning (for start time check website)


(subtitles & audio description)

Oska Bright is a Learning Disability Festival of the moving image consisting of films made entirely by people with learning difficulties. Originating in Brighton, Oska Bright has been running for 4 years and this is the first ever Best of Oska Bright screenings. All films are between 5 - 10 minutes in length. All films are subtitled and will include audio description.

The Oska Bright films to be shown are:

Journeys - Country Road?

Take me Home! by Project Ability (Glasgow)

I Saw A Girl by Arty Party (Telford)

In Our Shoes by Serena Nordon (Kenilworth)
The Raven’s Tale by The Shyster shadows
Germ Academy by JUMP cuts Film Production

Story of The Beatles by Hughie Mclntyre (Glasgow)

35 km by Vilmos Kerecsendy (Vacegres, Hungary

Hope Springs - Episode 1 by David Miller, Wendy Elsley

and Peter Nison (Shoot Your Mouth Off Films)

The End of The World According to The Ram by Yosef

Foyt, Martin Vojmik, Lucis Pasovam Pavla Jeykova, et al

Session 3 - Late afternoon / Early evening

Feature Film from the BBC Archives - Free Raspberry Ripple (subtitled)

1986, 1 hr 40 mins, Nigel Finch,

John Gordon Sinclair, Nabil Shaban, Faye Dunaway

Raspberry Ripple was produced by the BBC and features John Gordon Sinclair (of Gregory’s Girl fame) as a doleful young man confined to a wheelchair who regularly escapes reality by dreaming about American gangster movies. Figuring in his fantasies is a team of Bonnie and Clyde-like desperadoes. The film is produced by the prolific and exceptionally talented producer Ruth Caleb who recently produced the excellent BBC drama film The Last Days of Lehman Brothers.
Session 2 - Afternoon 2 - 4 pm

Short Film Selection - 3 Magic Hour 2010 Short Films

+ Selected Shorts from around the World:

The Beaten, 2010, 10 mins, Simon McKeown

The legendary UK disabled actor and comic Liz Carr stars in a hard hitting drama about the potential despair disabled people are facing in the future.

Finding a Sky, 2010, 18 mins, Ewan Marshall (Dir), Alex Bulmer (Writer), John Alderton

A retired naval officer, Robert, who has dementia, wants to help a blind woman, Betty, by giving her a moment of seeing.

The White Wall, 2010, 13 mins, Sanchita Islam, Animation

The White Wall traces the journey of a girl who does not fit in the world and has never fitted, although outwardly she

resembles a little girl her mind is in another

place, another world, another time.

Introducing Homo Mancus, 2009, 9 mins, Christian Saleta,Germany

A story of a man on his search for acceptance and recognition: a furious Corvette ride through social barriers and a life on two different sides, ending up in a famous dream. Real life action.

Session 4 - Evening (for start time check website)

Disability Archive Film From MACE

Films between 15 seconds and 10 minutes in length

Leicester Guild of Cripples - A major Fundraising Event by the rich in aid of the ‘Cripples of Leicester’. Fatantastic sights of old equipment. 1920.

Goose Fair in Nottingham - Man with one leg dives from high board into a small pool of water; and a Black, female, short stature ‘freak’ meets the Mayor. 1930s.

Midland Montage - 2 February 1961 - Bus for the disabled: a Cheshire Home recieves a new Bus for the use of its residents. Ideal viewing to see range of old chairs. (no audio).

Midlands News - 5 May 1961 - Handicapped people from Wolverhampton off on holiday: set-off from Molineux Hotel opposite Molineux Motor. (no audio)

Midland Montage - March 1963 - Frank Letch - armless student: in class and at Birmingham Station.

Midlands News

10 February 1964 - Nottingham’s Barton’s Buses give a Cheshire Home - Holme Lodge - a special bus for disabled patients. (no audio)

18 April 1966 - Interview with Dame Isobel Cripps opening a new centre for handicapped children at Cheltenham.

ATV Today

17 May 1966 - A Blind man travels from Crewe to Birmingham each day by train to work at Delta Metals.

7 October 1968 - Deaf-Blind man working in metals factory. Midlands News - 29 April 1969 - Carlson House School for ‘spastic children’ at Harborne receives a coach from the Variety Clubs Sunshine Committee. (Mute).
Cloud Catcher, 2009, 15 mins, Miha Knific, Slovenia Cloud catchers were considered heroes, but one day the state made their heroic acts illegal and started to hunt them down.

Let Me In, 2009, 10 mins, Neil Webber, Animation

A look at bereavement through the eyes of people with a leraning disability in a directed animation with drawings from people with a learning difficulty.

Turn the Book Around, 2009, 2 mins, Sean Burn

An experimental film using sound and images to evoke

life …

White Sound, 2009, 10 mins, Sarah Tracton, Australia Oscillating between auditory clutter to intensified visual acuity is a daily reality. White Sound explores the role of silence in active listening through the context of sensory deprivation.

Flourish2BU. 2010, 10 mins, Digital Disability Productions A group of disabled people come together on a health and well being project in Wolverhampton; during which some weight is lost, some fitness gained and friendships made.

Go Ahead, 2010, 16 mins, Neath Films (BSL / SSE) James Tracy and Maverick Litchfield-Kelly, Edward Evans, Emma Case, Jacob Casselden, Ryan Pendley A supernatural thriller with deaf themes.

All films are subtitled.

ATV Today

15 September 1975 - Actor Roger Tonge - the ‘crippled Sandy Richardson on Crossroads’ - launches a road safety campaign at Victoria School for the disabled at Northfield in Birmingham.

13 Nov 1969 - Spina Bifida children at the Catherine Elliot school in Shrewsbury walk with a new type of splint.

20 April 1970 - Barbara Blake interview with Peter McCranor and Neil McDonald of Coventry who run a stall at Coventry Market and take part in paraplegic sport.

10 September 1970 - Jeffrey Watson report about Hilary Pole in Walsall who is considered to be one of the world’s most severely disabled people suffering from Myasthenia

18 August 1969 - Invalid cars.

13 July 1973 - Tony Maycock interview with Professor John Ellis, head of the Cranfield Institute of Technology about his criticisms of the AC invalid car.

30 September 1977 Three wheeled invalid carriage protest in Solihull at the St John’s Hotel where Social Service Secretary David Ennals was making a speech.

11 December 1972 - An interview with Joyce Carpenter from Bromsgrove: at 29 inches - the smallest woman in the world. 20 Jan 1981 Wheelchair dancing class in Cannock run by Beryl Bellingham.

All films are subtitled.
Participating Venues and their websites:
Birmingham – Mac Birmingham - Mac - Www.Macarts.Co.Uk
Bristol - Watershed Bristol - Watershed - Www.Watershed.Co.Uk

Cardiff - Chapter Cardiff - Chapter - Www.Chapter.Org

Coventry - The Herbert Coventry - The Herbert - Www.Theherbert.Org

Edinburgh - St Bride’s Centre Edinburgh - St Bride’s Centre - Http://Stbrides.Wordpress.Com
Exeter – Phoenix Exeter - Phoenix - Www.Exeterphoenix.Org.Uk

Glasgow - Film Theatre Glasgow - Film Theatre - Www.Gft.Co.Uk

Gloucester - Guildhall - Www.Gloucester.Gov.Uk/Guildhall

Hereford -Rural Media Hereford - Rural Media - Www.Ruralmedia.Co.Uk

Inverness - Eden Court Inverness - Eden Court - Www.Eden-Court.Co.Uk

Leicester -Phoenix Leicester - Phoenix - Www.Phoenix.Org.Uk

London -

Manchester - Cornerhouse  Manchester - Cornerhouse - Www.Cornerhouse.Org

Newcastle-U-Tyne - Tyneside Newcastle-U-Tyne - Tyneside - Www.Tynesidecinema.Co.Uk

Nottingham - Broadway Nottingham - Broadway - Www.Broadway.Org.Uk

Sheffield – Showroom Sheffield - Showroom - Www.Showroomworkstation.Org.Uk

Shrewsbury - The Space Shrewsbury - The Space - Www.Dasharts.Org

Stockton – Arc Stockton - Arc - Www.Arconline.Co.Uk

Strule - Arts Centre Strule - Arts Centre - Www.Struleartscentre.Co.Uk

West Bromwich - The Pub  West Bromwich - The Public - Www.Thepublic.Com

Wolverhampton - Light House  Wolverhampton - Light House - Www.Light-House.Co.Uk

Our thanks to Paul Darke for bringing all this together and making it happen.