Together! 2019 Disability Film Festival Programme

The outline programme is below as released previously. For the full programme including links to online versions of the films where available as released on 6 December 2019, click here. For more details about the Together! 2019 Disability Film Festival, click here.

THURSDAY 5 & FRIDAY 6 DECEMBER 10.30am-4pm Open-access workshop The Artist On Film. What can we learn about making our own artists’ films from the filmmaking of the late Katherine Araniello? At St Bart’s Community Centre East Ham. Contact for more information and to book.

FRIDAY 6 DECEMBER Doors open 6pm.

Artist, activist and filmmaker Katherine Araniello being interviewed for Justin Edgar’s The Social Model in 2018.

Sick Bitch Crip. When artist filmmaker Katherine Araniello died earlier this year, she left behind a body of unique artists’ films. A YouTube pioneer, Araniello used surrealist humour to challenge views of her life as not being worth living, as well as commenting on a wide range of issues from a disability perspective. The evening includes introductions by collaborators, film critics and friends in addition to screenings and will be BSL-interpreted.

SATURDAY 7 DECEMBER Doors open 12noon.

1pm: OSKA BRIGHT FILM FESTIVAL 2019: Under the Sea. Screened in association with Carousel Arts, Under the Sea showcases the talents of filmmakers and actors with learning difficulties. With Shadowlight Artists’ Undersea Adventure (UK, 4:24); Matthew Eggert’s Balloons Ahoy (UK, 1:30); Beacon Films’ Ebb and Flow (UK, 6:57); Bus Stop Films’ Heartbreak and Beauty (Australia, 14:42); Figment Arts and Clarendon School’s Nick the Fish (2:33); Amy Ellison’s Sky and Sea (UK, 36s); and Ray Jacobs’ The Sea Reminds Me (UK, 10m).
2pm: ANIMATE! New animations from the UK and beyond, including Catherine Colbourne’s How I See (UK, 3m); Shane Howard’s Paul and the Undersea Critters (UK, 15m); and Jemima Hughes’ Technology for Talking (UK, 6m).
2.45pm: Break.
3pm: SHORT DOCS 1 including Yiying Nikki Li’s Love and Loss (USA, 22m); Jo Streit’s Love at Second Sight (USA, 24m); René Lorraine and Jamie Harvey’s One Piece of the Puzzle (UK, 11m); Zoe Hunter Gordon’s Ill, Actually (UK, 12m); and Sarah Smith’s Forget-me-not (UK, 8m).
4.30pm: SHORT DRAMAS 1 including Aurora Fearnley’s Struck (UK, 14m); Youcef Bentis’ The Rehab (Algeria, 29m); Aamir Qureshi’s Courage (Pakistan, 3m); and Tyro Heath’s Mash (UK, 13m).
5.30pm: Break.

The feature-length drama Happy Face is being screened at 6pm on Saturday 7 December 2019.

6pm: HAPPY FACE. Canada. 2018. One hour 37 mins. A teenaged boy pretends to have a facial injury in order to join a support group, in a misguided attempt to reconnect with his mother who is living with cancer. This drama by Alexandre Franchi features people with facial differences playing fictionalised versions of themselves, including David Roche, who is the subject of Jo Streit’s Love at Second Sight (in Short Docs from 3pm), and who performed live at the original Together! 2012 Festival led by the UK Disabled People’s Council (UKDPC) in East London.

Shelley Barry’s dance film Here (South Africa, 7m) will be shown as part of a VR foyer installation throughout the Festival.

SUNDAY 8 DECEMBER Doors open 12noon.

12pm: SHORT DOCS 2 Including Harri Asikainen’s 7:20 to London (Finland, 15m); Dan Wood’s (Un)moved (UK, 6m); Shanta Napali’s Nothing is Impossible (Nepal, 9m); and Nadiah Nadarajah’s Dot’s Legacy (UK, 28m).
2pm: COMEDY HOUR BSL Zone’s ever-popular Deaf Funny returns with the two latest episodes.
3pm: DANCE including Zoë Uí Fhaoláin Green’s A Walk in My Shoes (Ireland, 19m); Martin Borden’s Sanctuary (Canada, 4m); Efrat Vaknin’s Self-Portrait (Israel, 2m); Freefall Dance Company’s We are Here (UK, 5m); and Erika Davis March’s Coda (USA, 22m). There will also be a VR dance film installation in the foyer, including Shelley Barry’s Here (South Africa, 7m).
4pm: SHORT DRAMAS 2 Including Teresa Garratty’s Almost (UK, 5m); Sam Dore’s Reverberations (UK, 28m); and Aurora Fearnley’s Paparazza (17m).
5.30pm: Break.

Rosie Baldwin’s Delta 7even is being screened on Sunday night in the 6pm programme.

6pm: The Festival plays out with a musical theme, featuring: Rosie Baldwin’s documentary DELTA 7EVEN, following a postpunk band whose members have learning difficulties after the death of one of their members (UK, 45m); Iona Morrison’s drama Pause (Scotland, 21m), about a drummer with sound sensitivity; Sam Oldknow’s investigation into venue access, Potters Go Underground (UK, 7m); and Lorenzo DeStefano’s music video of Rachel Flowers in performance, Free (US, 5m).