If you can’t make it to our festival in person, the following films are also available online. Sit back, double-click and enjoy!
Together! 6 minutes, 2010. David Morris began making films less than three years before his death, during a period off work between his position as the Mayor’s Adviser on Disability and his secondment to London 2012 as Head of External Inclusion. Directing his PAs to operate a low-budget camcorder before editing the footage with voice-activated domestic software, he created an extraordinary body of work that he described himself as being ‘filmed poems’. Made for the UK Disabled People’s Council, Together! was Morris’s first professional commission, albeit extremely low budget. It was also to be his last film, and as with much of his material, was never completed to his satisfaction. He particularly wanted to include more Deaf interviewees; Morris was always a supporter of the Deaf community. However, in less than ten minutes he creates a snapshot of the Disabled People’s Movement and its reason for being, arguing passionately his own belief that “Together we can change our world!”
The People’s Park, AbPhab, 20 mins. The People’s Park. In this film, AbPhab meet older residents from Barking and explore the history of their beloved park.
We’ll Meet Again, AbPhab 3 mins. As part of their Making Music project, AbPhab recorded their own version of Vera Lynn’s ever- popular song We’ll Meet Again.
A Job for Me, Ab-Phab, 10 mins, 2012. Made by the young people from the Ab-Phab youth group in Barking and Dagenham, the film explores the opportunities for young disabled people in looking and finding a job, and tells moving stories of their hopes, aspirations and dreams for the future.
Memory Games, 10 mins, 2012. Paralympics Gold medallist Beverly Gull MBE describes her journey to become the best swimmer in the world, winning 8 gold medals for Britain in the 1988 and 1992 Paralympics Games. The film also features local sporting heroes from Barking and Dagenham, including disabled world swimming record holder Craig Moate.
An Ageing Thing, Lauren Nicholas, 2 mins 47 secs, 2012. Narrated by Charles Nicholas. The story of my Grandfather who has macular degenera- tion and is registered blind. By telling his story I hope to help others facing similar difficulties. First Prize Winner at the Shape Open Exhibition 2012.
Drawing Music, Mark Morreau, 4 mins, 2010. Featuring the work of Naomi Kendricks, set to the soundtrack of Ugandan Krip Hop Artist Ronnie Ronnie’s DaDaFest Anthem. Commissioned by DaDaFest International, and shown on the BBC Big Screens throughout the UK in 2010. Together! with DaDaFest.
I Know My Place, Still No Excuses, 5 mins, 2009. An hilarious take on the classic sketch from a disability perspec- tive. Written by Mandy Redvers-Rowe, performed by Mandy Redvers-Rowe, Ali Briggs and Mandy Colleran, and produced by Asta Films. One of the four films that formed part of DaDaVisions and was shown on the BBC Big Screens throughout the UK. Together! with DaDaFest.
Portrait of the Artist by Proxy, Alison Jones, 4.5 mins, 2009. Animation. What happens when the artist’s gaze is redirected by the audience? One of the four films that formed part of DaDaVisions and was shown on the BBC Big Screens throughout the UK.Together! with DaDaFest.
Pixie Dust, Gina Czarnecki, 3.5 mins, 2009. Plays with ideas about the plastic, cyborg body. Funded by DaDa and the Wellcome Trust. One of the four films that formed part of DaDaVisions and was shown on the BBC Big Screens throughout the UK. Together! with DaDaFest.
The Rose, Caroline Parker, 3.5 mins, 2009. Animation is mixed with performance by sign-song queen Caroline Parker. One of the four films that formed part of DaDaVisions and was shown on the BBC Big Screens throughout the UK. Together! with DaDaFest.
The Dinner Party, Katherine Arianello, 2011. Katherine reworks the comedy sketch Dinner for One to reflect the contemporary enthusiasm for Assisted Suicide. The film pastiches Paralympian excellence, charity bungee jumping and pity towards disabled people’s ‘tragic lives’ as the dinner party conversation proceeds.
Katherine’s Story, Katherine Arianello, 2011. Playing a non-disabled person, Katherine appeals for charitable relief from her suffering as a result of the terrible disease commonly referred to as “Normal”.
Sick Bitch Blues, Katherine Arianello, 2012. The film challenges medical perceptions of disabled people with references to disability, sickness and Dignitas, juxtaposing this with absurdity, humour and bluntness
Fellow Traveller, Ju Gosling aka ju90, 6 mins, 2011. An explorer comes across a magical machine in an abandoned library, waiting for a human to bond with it so it can fly again. Sputnik by Eduard Bersudsky & Sharmanka in association with Garry Robson and Fittings Multimedia. Music by Julie Newman.
Blueprints for Change, Young DaDa, 7.5 mins, 2012. This film, made by Disabled and Deaf Young People, discusses the barriers they face in attending leisure, cultural and sporting activities. Made as part of DaDa Disability and Deaf Art’s Young Persons Programme. For more information visit www.dadahello.com/young-dadafest Together! with DaDaFest.
Unbreakable, Aislinn Lewis, Neil Smith, and Marie-Louise Flexen, 14 mins, 2011.Original Music Score by Steve Skinley. Shot in the studio and outdoor urban locations in Gloucestershire. A personal exploration of Aislinn Lewis as a dancer with spinal muscular atrophy, exploring relationships between disabled and non-dancers and the effects of these interactions on both dancers and audiences. Produced by Aislinn Lewis & GDance and funded by Arts Council England.
Hang-ups, Anton French, Sophie Partridge and Tina Carter, 11 mins, 2012. Film maker Anton French documents collaborators Sophie Partridge and Tina Carter as they create an aerial-dance duet exploring disability aerial. The film discloses their personal reasons for undertaking the project intercut with sections of the duet they created. Curious Films. Produced by Tina Carter and funded by Creative Canterbury and The Circus Space.
Water burns sun, The Olimpias, 7 mins, 2009. A Butoh dancer sheds light on skin, water, ghosts and the meanings of “cripple”. Part of The Olimpias’ Burning Performance installations.
Cripple Poetics: A Love Story, The Olimpias, 10 mins, 2010. Three poetry performances (The Metaphor of Wind in Cripple Poetics, I am Salmon, and At the Gynecologist’s) braid through dance captured at the Tele-Immersion Laboratory at the University of California Berkeley.
Journey to the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, 8 mins, 2011. Social somatics, social sculpture: a participatory performance focused on the Peter Eisenman Memorial to the Murdered Jews in Europe. The disabled people of Germany sued for access to the site, and lost. A ritual action re-imagines a memorial of life. Filmed at the Movement, Somatics and Writing Symposium at the University of Michigan.
Moving In, Mark Lever and Gary Thomas, 5 x 5 mins, 2012. Internet soap about four students moving from college to univer- sity, and the journey they go through to settle in.
The Dog & The Palace, Gary Thomas, 9 mins, 2012. A young boy is so inspired by watching the 2012 Olympic Games on TV that he decides to write to the Queen to say ‘Thank You’. He sends her a parcel containing a statue of his little dog, and the film follows the journey of the young boy as he persuades his family they should visit London to celebrate the Games. Produced by Karen Gilchrist with artwork by Christine Wilkinson.