We are delighted to announce the programme for the fourth annual Together! Disability Film Festival. This unique festival brings together films from across the world which have been made by disabled filmmakers or that have central disabled characters (who may be played by non-disabled people), and is FREE. The festival takes place at the Old Town Hall Stratford*, in the main Paralympic Host Borough of Newham, and is supported by Arts Council England, London Borough of Newham, Trinity Buoy Wharf and Countryside Properties. The film festival takes place as part of the Together! 2015 Disability History Month Festival. The national theme this Month is ‘The portrayal of disability: then and now’ – we are very much of the now! Join us in our relaxed pop-up cinema in the Victorian splendour of the Old Town Hall Stratford for a feast of films, many of which are newly released or festival premieres; meet some of the film-makers and find out more about their work; enjoy some refreshments on us; and then talk film afterwards at our café-bar partner Gerry’s, where a 20% discount on fresh food is available with the code FESTIVAL2015.
Follow the links to see full details of each programme, including links to many that can be watched free or ordered online.
The Old Town Hall, 29 The Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ. Nearest tube, overground and DLR stations: Stratford (fully accessible).Bus routes include 25, 69, 86, D8, 104, 108, 158, 238, 241, 257, 262, 276, 308, 425, 473, N8, N86, 010, A9, 741 & UL1.
Parking: Blue Badge holders can pre-book parking; others are advised to use the (old) Stratford shopping centre carpark.
- There is no need to pre-book unless you are a group of 5 or more (email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone or text 07973 252751).
- All screenings are ‘relaxed’.
- The venue is wheelchair-accessible.
- There is an induction loop for hearing aid users.
- Many films are captioned; some are in BSL too.
- Please contact us if you require audio-description.
10 & 11 DECEMBER 11am-3pm: Film-making workshop ‘Telling a story without words’. St Luke’s Community Centre, 89 Tarling Road, Canning Town, London E16 1HN. Nearest tube and DLR: Canning Town (fully accessible). Bus routes: 541, 241, 325, 678, 5, 115, 276, 300, 330. Street parking; on-site café; light refreshments will be provided.
FRIDAY 11 DECEMBER
6pm: Not Everybody Can Do Everything (US/New Zealand; 115m; 2014). Around the world, many disabled people continue to live in institutions, hidden from sight. When their experiences are considered by filmmakers, they are usually represented by non-disabled actors. Filmed over 14 years (1996-2009), Not Everybody Can do Everything is a unique feature-length documentary by Peter Wareing, following three disabled residents of a New York care home over a period of 14 years. Essential viewing for everyone interested in disability, human rights and social care.
Followed by Let’s Talk about Disability Film with Richard Rieser, Disability History Month director, at our café-bar partner Gerry’s, opposite the Theatre Royal Stratford East.
SATURDAY 12 DECEMBER
12noon: Ida’s Diary (directed by August B. Hanssen; Norway; 63m; 2014). A film about hope, about finding your own identity and daring to live. Filmed by Ida herself, who is diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, this follows her life over 8 years. In Norwegian with English captions. Followed by a discussion about Film and Mental Health, led by Michelle Baharier, Kath Lovell and Julie Newman with BSL interpretation by Jason Smith, over a light lunch.
2pm: FILMS FROM THE EAST. Short films by locally based filmmakers including Bobby Baker and Living Films.
3pm: SHORT DOCS 1. Short documentaries in English, Serbian and BSL, all with English sub-titles, including Donna Lipowitz’s highly entertaining and newly released Cat Show, featuring Carly and her cat Tango.
5pm: SHORT DRAMAS 1: Short films in English and BSL, all with English subtitles, including Michael Achtmann’s newly released existential comedy Awake, starring Alex Bulmer and Margo Cargill.
6.15pm: Margarita with a Straw (2014). Shonali Bose’s ground-breaking drama (released in India as Choone Chali Aasman) stars Kalki Koechlin as a student with cerebral palsy on a voyage of personal discovery. Adult content: unsuitable for children.
Followed by Let’s Talk about Disability Film with Awake filmmakers Michael Achtman and Caglar Kimyoncu at our café-bar partner Gerry’s, opposite the Theatre Royal Stratford East.
SUNDAY 13 DECEMBER
12pm: ARTISTS’ FILMS & VIDEOS. A collection of short films in English and BSL by and/or about disabled artists, including new work by Katherine Araniello, Kristina Veasey and Antonia Attwood.
2pm: DANCE. Short dances and documentaries featuring disabled dance artists, including Marc Brew.
3pm: SHORT DOCS 2. More short documentaries in French, English, Italian and BSL (all non-English and many English films are captioned), including Cesare Cicardini’s Elsewhere.
5pm: SHORT DRAMAS 2. In English, French and BSL, all with English sub-titles, including Maria Oshodi’s newly released comedy-horror Z-Eye-Z.
6.30pm: Chocolate ( Prachya Pinkaew; 89m; 2008). This feature-length drama from Thailand stars Yanin ‘Jeeja’ Vismistananda in her debut film performance as Zen, a young girl with autism who becomes a martial arts expert in her efforts to protect her family. Unsuitable for children and anyone who is sensitive to depictions of violence.
Followed by Let’s Talk about Disability Film with the Sisters of Frida at our café-bar partner Gerry’s, opposite the Theatre Royal Stratford East.
With grateful thanks to our funders: