Disability Film Festival Brochure

2009 Wolverhampton

Light House Cinema & Media Centre

Curator - Dr Paul A. Darke

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Disability & Obesity - Health, Fitness and Wellbeing: Surviving
To Launch an exciting Disability and Obesity Project - supported by Wolverhampton City
Council and Wolverhampton City Primary Care Trust - we are holding a special MACE
(Midland Archive for Central England) screening with a number of health, fitness and
wellbeing themed films plucked from the recesses of the archive vaults to inspire, encourage
and amaze. You can join the project at this screening. Introduction and discussion.

MACE Archive on Health, Fitness and Wellbeing (PG - Free Event)
Showing are three films from the archive. The first is Robin and Joan (1979): a profile of
the tetraplegic couple Robin and Joan Dawe in their adapted bungalow in Oxfordshire.
Secondly is the documentary from 1985 about three deaf girls at Summerfield School in
Malvern who are ‘in to’ athletics: Funke, Joan and Jeanette. Finally, we discover that
Running is for Everyone (1984) - a film that follows wheelchair user Tim Marshall as one
of the first wheelchair racers to enter the London Marathon (in that wheelchair: impossible!).

Carmen (PG)
Carmen: The Opera. The story of a a fickle -
yet obsessive - temptress. A soldier, Don
José, takes to jealousy and insanity over his
love’s affair with the bullfighter Escamillo.
Directed by Francesca Zambello
2hr 47 £12.20 (£10.25 / £5.80)

Genova (15)
A man (Colin Firth) moves to Italy after his wife dies in a
car accident with his family. Genova changes all three of
the family’s lives as the youngest daughter starts to see
the ghost of her mother, while the older one discovers
her sexuality. 1hr 35 £5 (£3.80)


Oska Bright - Learning Disability Films
A selection of the Best of Oska Bright: the UK’s leading touring Short Film Festival for
People with a Learning Disability. All films are made by People with a Learning Disability.
£3 (£2) 1hr BOOK NOW Note: 2 pm is a repeat of the 1 pm screening.

Colin Hambrook and Dr Paul Darke in Conversation (on Film)
A Discussion about Disability Art and ACE (ACE Sponsored - Free).

The Art of Genetics - a Debate and Reception at Wolverhampton Art Gallery (Free Event)
The Art of Genetics is a debate between the artist Simon McKeown and the producer of Motion Disabled
- the Disability Art specialist Dr Paul Darke with additional invited guests.
Is the Future of Disability Virtual?
The debate will be followed by a Film Festival Reception with Free
Refreshments (incl. food): plus a a Free Ticket for the following
Screening of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter at Light House following
the Reception. Supported by the University of Teesside & The Wellcome Trust

The Memory Keepers Daughter
A doctor can't bear to tell his wife that their newborn daughter suffers from Downs
Syndrome. Decades later, after claiming the baby was stillborn and charging a nurse
to take her to a shelter for the mentally ill, the doctor learns the girl has in fact grown
into a bright, attractive woman. Her re-emergence in his life serves as a flesh-and-blood
reminder of his deepest darkest secret, and causes a fatal rift among the entire family.
USA 1hr 30 (Free if attending The Art of Genetics or £3 (£2) on the door)

The Universe of Keith Hering (15)
Christina Clausen's affectionate documentary about
the iconic ‘80s New York art-star’s swift ascent from
small-town misfit to internationally acclaimed Pop
Art evangelist and Gay & HIV social activist.
Includes comments by the likes of Madonna and
Yoko Ono. A soundtrack of quirky ‘80s disco
matches the vibrancy of Hering's art and the New
York scene of the time. Made in the USA and
release in the UK in 2009. 1hr 30 £3 (£2)


Film Installation (see Other Festival Events)
Short Films Selection £3 (£2) 
Note: Screening Contains Scenes of Mild Nudity.
A selection of the best short films submitted to the Festival. Includes: Badly Drawn Roy by Alan Shannon, Reality Matters by Braidwood School; Personal Demons and Animated Hove by First Light Movies; Argh! It’s a Disabled Person by Wolverhampton University Students; Smile & Run by Ray Jacobs & Arty Party; Tiresias by Ptera Kuppers; Film in a Day by Simon McKeown; and The Dance by Paul Darke. Plus the animations Mutant Boy & Phizog directed by Neil Webber. Plus others.
Neil Webber will be in in attendance and taking questions after the screening.


New SCRIPT Readings & Magic Hour (Free Event)
A number of short film scripts written in the last month by disabled people have a
read through with professional actors. Discussing the scripts will be Justin Edgar -
the Producer and Director of the the MAGIC HOUR (a new short film production
programme for disabled people wishing to make short films). Delivered in Partnership
with SCRIPT: www.scriptonline.net

Summer (15)
Shaun (Robert Carlyle) and Daz are vibrant kids, wasted by their experience
of education. All they have is their friendship and for Shaun his first
love Katy. From the moment Shaun steps into our world he is bound to lose.
Labelled as a violent bully he destroys himself and takes Daz with him. Shaun
has twelve years to reflect on an intense summer of love, sex and loyalty.
But Daz's imminent death forces Shaun to go on a journey to confront his
past. This is the story of a man full of intelligence and promise struggling to
reclaim his life. Years later Daz is in a wheelchair with a few weeks to live.
Directed by Kenny Glenaan. UK 1hr 35 £3 (£2)

A Choice of Two Films for the End of the Festival. Take your pick and then join us in the Bar at
Lock Works at Light House afterwards.


Team Everest (PG)
Five men in wheelchairs and ’fellow travellers’ trek
21 days through the Himalayas attempting to reach
an altitude of over 17,500 feet in one of the most
inaccessible regions on earth. Will they do it?
Directed by Andy Cockrun. USA 1hr 51 £3 (£2)

The Universe of Keith Hering (15)
Christina Clausen's affectionate documentary about
the iconic ‘80s New York art-star’s swift ascent from
small-town misfit to internationally acclaimed Pop
Art evangelist and Gay & HIV social activist.
Includes comments by the likes of Madonna and
Yoko Ono. A soundtrack of quirky ‘80s disco
matches the vibrancy of Hering's art and the New
York scene of the time. Made in the USA and
release in the UK in 2009. 1hr 30 £3 (£2)

Other Weekend Events 
The Festival MediaTek in the Green House @ Light House - Free throughout the Festival

Internet & DVD Access in Green House @ Light House: Watch all of the Short Films
Submitted to the Festival - and some more - over the past two years in the Green House
at Light House (except during ‘Tanya Raabe Paints Justin Edgar’ sessions).
You can also peruse the internet for other Disability related material.

Motion Disabled by Simon McKeown - Free Throughout the Festival
The final few days of the installation at Wolverhampton Art Gallery in the City Centre.

Tanya Raabe Paints Justin Edgar (Free Event)
In the Green House at Light House leading Disabled Artist Tanya Raabe paints the portrait, and
interviews, the leading disabled writer, producer and director Justin Edgar. The aim is that this
will be show on-line soon after (keep an eye on our website at www.outside-centre.info for more
details.

The Disabled Avant Garde (Free Event)
Aaron Williamson and Katherine Arraniello ‘create’ a LIVE ART piece as part of the
2nd Wolverhampton Disability Art Festival (funded by Arts Council England).

Saturday 
Film Installation (Free Event)
Arts Council of England Event - Film & Debate / Discussion (FREE)
Colin Hambrook and Dr Paul Darke in Conversation (on Film)
A Discussion about Disability Art and ACE. An exploration of Disability
Policy linked to the need for effective Disability Equality Schemes (DES).